The first contingent of Morccan troops were airlifted into Zaire on Sunday (4 June) to form part of a pan-African force to protect Shaba province from another rebel invasion.
GV Zairean troops disembark from aircraft (2 shots)
GV Moroccan troops out of aircraft
GV Zairean troops unloading equipment from aircraft
GVs Belgian troops standing near unloaded equipment (2 shots)
GV TILT DOWN FROM Tail section of plane TO Zairean troops (2 shots)
GVs French paratroopers in gym kit get off trucks and walk towards recreation facilities
GV Paratroopers diving and swimming in pool
GVs Belgian paratroopers patrolling streets (2 shots)
CU Interview with Greek shopkeeper in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: GREEK SHOPKEEPER: "All the people are very nervous, because they don't have security, you know, but without the paratroopers of Belgium and France (indistinct), they are a little more nervous, you know?"
REPORTER: "But what happens if the French and Belgians leave?"
SHOPKEEPER: "All the people want to leave, because they stay without security, you know?"
Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua arrived in Zaire on Saturday (3 June) and accused the Soviet Union of trying to establish control of the country, which has a major share of the world's copper and cobalt reserves. He strongly attacked the Soviet Union and Cuba for their alleged role in the invasion of Shaba province last month. And U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown said on American television on Saturday (4 June) that Washington had gathered evidence that Cuba was involved in the invasion, although the charge was denied in Havana.
REPORTER: SIMON DRING
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Background: The first contingent of Morccan troops were airlifted into Zaire on Sunday (4 June) to form part of a pan-African force to protect Shaba province from another rebel invasion. The Moroccans, who will ultimately number 1500 troops, are expected to be joined by soldiers from Gabon and Senegal. The airlift, using United States transport planes, began as a Zaire government newspaper reported the massacre of sixty white hostage in Mutshasa, 352 kilometres (220 miles) to the northwest of the provincial capital of Lubumbashi. The paper said the slaughter took place as rebels fled towards neighbouring Angola.
Synopsis: The Zaire army was to be bolstered by an all-African force of 2,500 troops. As well as the Moroccans, contingents were expected from Togo, Gabon, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. A liaison team of 20 Moroccans was already here, in Lubumbashi, but they claimed they were only there to observe. The Americans have provided eleven transport planes to carry out the airlift.
Belgian paratroops, still smarting from criticism, of their support role in Kolwezi, were still in Lubumbashi. Brussels had already put its troops into the street, while the French were waiting for orders to patrol. However, the Foreign Logion was still showing its presence, but no longer at the end of a gun. After a week of fighting the Katangese rebels around Kolwezi, the command from Paris had moved to Lubumbashi, to take it easy.
More than four thousand whites live in Lubumbashi, and there was a fear that, if the french and Belgian soldiers pull out, panic would result. A Greek-born shopkeeper explained their anxieties.