A three-man delegation of Ministers from Katanga arrived in Brussels, July 30. Accompanied by Major?
Delegation arriving in Brussels.
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Background: A three-man delegation of Ministers from Katanga arrived in Brussels, July 30. Accompanied by Major Guy Weber - a Belgian Military adviser - the delegation is to travel to New York, where it will plead Katanga's case for independence before the United Nations. The Brussels stop was made to allow the Ministers to discuss the situation in the Congo Republic and Katanga with the Belgian Government.
Katanga's Premier Tshombe included in the delegation, a former Minister of Economics in the Central Government of Patrice Lumumba, Joseph Yav, who left the Lumumba Government soon after independence. The other two Ministers are Pierre Masangu, Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Katanga Government, and Jean-Baptiste Kibwe, Minister of Finance.
This is the latest attempt Premier Tshombe has made to gain recognition for his independent state of Katanga, which as yet has not been recognised by any foreign Government. Katanga is still under the control of the Belgian forces, at the request of the Prime Minister, despite the United Nations ruling on the withdrawal of all Belgian army personnel.
Major Weber was made commander of all armed forces in Katanga, by Prime Minister Tshombe, soon after his declaration of independence.