• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT MOISE TSHOMBE OF KATANGA ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 20 THAT A PROVISIONAL CEASE-FIRE BETWEEN HIS TROOPS AND UNITED NATIONS FORCES WILL TAKE EFFECT AT ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT.

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    PRESIDENT MOISE TSHOMBE OF KATANGA ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 20 THAT A PROVISIONAL CEASE-FIRE BETWEEN HIS TROOPS AND UNITED NATIONS FORCES WILL TAKE EFFECT AT ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT. MR TSHOMBE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE AIRPORT MANAGER'S OFFICE IN NDOLA, NORTHERN RHODESIA, WHERE FOR TWO DAYS HE HAD BEEN NEGOTIATING WITH A UNITED NATIONS TEAM LED BY MAHMOUD KHIARI OF TUNISIA.

    THE KATANGA LEADER TOLD NEWSMEN FROM MANY COUNTRIES WHO CROWDED THE SMALL OFFICE THAT THE PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT INCLUDED ARRANGEMENTS FOR AN EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS. HE ADDED THAT THE AGREEMENT WAS SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK. HE SAID HE CONSIDERED IT NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE TO BRING ABOUT AN IMMEDIATE END TO THE HOSTILITIES BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS FORCES AND THE KATANGA GENDARMERIE AND HE WAS CONVINCED THAT ALL THE EFFORTS MUST BE MADE TO AVOID ANY FURTHER LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE PENDING A DEFINITE AGREEMENT. HE SAID THAT THE UNITED NATIONS CARRIED THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MASSACRES."THE FACT IS THERE AND WE WERE ATTACKED," HE ADDED.

    ALSO PRESENT AT NDOLA, BUT KEEPING HERSELF IN THE BACKGROUND, WAS MRS. TSHOMBE. SHE HAD BROUGHT THREE OF HER CHILDREN WITH HER. FIVE OTHERS WERE IN BELGIUM AT THE MOMENT, SHE SAID.

    BEFORE THE CEASE-FIRE WAS ANNOUNCED, CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER, CYRILLE ADOULA, DECLARED IN LEOPOLDVILLE THAT HIS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO GO TO WAR TO END THE SECESSION OF KATANGA. MR ADOULA'S SPEECH LASHED "CAPITALIST IMPERIALISM" FOR BACKING MR TSHOMBE. THE DEATH OF MR DAG HAMMARSKJOELD, THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN A PLANE CRASH WHILE ON HIS WAY TO THE PEACE TALKS IN NDOLA, WAS DESCRIBED BY MR ADOULA AS AN "IGNOBLE ASSASSINATION" AND HE AGAIN BLAMED IMPERIALISM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZBNS05F1GW8NGZ4YACALANLG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZBNS05F1GW8NGZ4YACALANLG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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