In Zaire the question of the country's future economic prospects depends heavily on its security following last month's rebel incursion.
In Zaire the question of the country's future economic prospects depends heavily on its security following last month's rebel incursion. Zaire has announced it will cut its copper exports by 50 percent next month as a result of the fighting. Reports from Zaire say this adds urgency to a conference being held in Paris next week at which French, Belgian and American experts will discuss a survival plan for the economy of Zaire. The Belgian Prime Minister has hinted that some of his country's troops will stay on in Lumbambashi longer than originally intended. But reports from the town say it will take more than a hint to stop the exodus of Europeans.
SYNOPSIS: It is almost the end of the school term in Zaire, and the European families are beginning to leave for their summer holidays. However the difference this year is that most say they will not return. The families are taking as much as they can with them although there has not always been the guarantee of a seat. There is no panic yet in Western Embassies in Zaire, but reports from Lumbumbashi say the aim seems to be to get as many people out as soon as possible. The only people coming to the city are in fact soldiers. More Belgian troops have arrived and joined the French Legionnaire forces, which have already delayed their original departure date. However there have been no guarantees that the Western troops will remain and if they do not, indications are that European families will not be allowed to return.
There has been no order for foreign families to leave yet, but journalists in Zaire have been told by authorities they must return to Kinshasa and use government sources for their information.