• Short Summary

    President Tshombe of Katanga and other Congolese political leaders arrived in Coquilhatville April 23 for a meeting - a sequel to the talks in Tananarive - that was intended to discuss problems of federation and agreement between the various regions of the Congo Republic.

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    President Tshombe of Katanga and other Congolese political leaders arrived in Coquilhatville April 23 for a meeting - a sequel to the talks in Tananarive - that was intended to discuss problems of federation and agreement between the various regions of the Congo Republic.

    The next day, nearly 200 leaders and officials were addressed by President Kasavubu in the ???lais de Justice". The President expressed the hope that the Congolese people could decide their political future before September. He hinted that a new national election might be the best way for the Congo to resolve its political problems.

    He also announced that committees would be set up to consider the reorganisation of the Army, the Congo's relations with the United Nations, diplomatic representation abroad, and the grave economic situation. The President hoped these four committees would attend a round-table in Elisabethville in May.

    As the conference proceeded it became apparent that the President and Mr. Tshombe strongly differed on several points. Finally, the Katangan leader threatened to walk out unless the other delegates accepted certain conditions, including a rejection of the agreement President Kasavubu recently concluded with the United Nations which, he said, "humiliated all the people of the Congo".

    On April 25, President Tshombe walked out of the conference refusing further co-operation and discussion with the Central Government unless the agreement with the UN was solemnly denunciated.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KIOTNLMCAJ0H3T6YEHFYQ3VH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KIOTNLMCAJ0H3T6YEHFYQ3VH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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