• Short Summary

    ELISABETHVILLE, THE BATTLE-SCARRED CAPITAL OF KATANGA, FAREWELLED THE LAST OF THE UNITED NATIONS TROOPS AND OFFICIALS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    ELISABETHVILLE, THE BATTLE-SCARRED CAPITAL OF KATANGA, FAREWELLED THE LAST OF THE UNITED NATIONS TROOPS AND OFFICIALS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). OUR CAMERAMAN WAS THERE ON SATURDAY, AND FILMED SOME OF THE FINAL DEPARTURES.

    IT WAS A QUIET FAREWELL, WITH NO CONGOLESE OFFICIALS AT THE AIRPORT TO SEE THE PEACE-KEEPING MEN FROM THE U.N. LEAVE. WESTERN OFFICIALS SAW THIS AS THE LAST OF MANY SLIGHTS WHICH THE U.N. FORCE HAS SUFFERED.

    WITH THE CITY BACK AGAIN UNDER ABSOLUTE CONGOLESE RULE, THE MODERN U.N. HEADQUARTERS STANDS FORLORN AND DESERTED. A SMALL U.M. ADVISORY STAFF IS DUE IN ELISABETHVILLE SOON, AND WILL MOVE INTO THE LESS-SUMPTUOUS CANADA CLUB BUILDING, A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY.

    THE CITY'S AIRPORT HAD BEEN A HIVE OF ACTIVITY ALL WEEK, AS U.N. OFFICIALS AND TROOPS PREPARED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES ACROSS THE WORLD. BEHIND THEM THEY HAD LEFT A BILL OF A GBP150 MILLION TO BE FOOTED BY THE WORLD'S TAXPAYER, THROUGH THE U.N.

    IN A SPECIAL REPORT, U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL U THANT SAYS THAT "GREAT AND SERIOUS PROBLEMS" PERSIST IN THE CONGO. FAILURE TO OVERCOME THEM, HE ADDS. "WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY BRING DISINTEGRATION AND RUIN."
    ELISABETHVILLE ITSELF IS IN A BAD STATE. ONCE A PROUD CITY OF AFRICA, TODAY MUCH OF IT IS SHAMBLES. ROADS IN A STATE OF DISREPAIR ARE COMMON, WHILE PUBLIC SERVICES ARE ALSO IN A BAD WAY.

    DESPITE ALL THIS, STREET NAMES RECALL SOME OF ITS FORMER AURA. STREETS NAMED AFTER EX-PRESIDENT TSHOMBE, WINSTON CHURCHILL AND EX-PRESIDENT ABBE YOULOU OF THE NEIGHBOURING REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA31MQK2OHWFD8630MA6SF4MAN9
    Media URN:
    VLVA31MQK2OHWFD8630MA6SF4MAN9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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