• Short Summary

    THE EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS AT ELISABETHVILLE AIRPORT, KATANGA, ON OCTOBER 16, DID NOT TAKE PLACE, AS THE KATANGESE AUTHORITIES FAILED TO PRODUCE 184 IRISH UNITED NATIONS TROOPS CAPTURED DURING RECENT FIGHTING.

  • Description

    THE EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS AT ELISABETHVILLE AIRPORT, KATANGA, ON OCTOBER 16, DID NOT TAKE PLACE, AS THE KATANGESE AUTHORITIES FAILED TO PRODUCE 184 IRISH UNITED NATIONS TROOPS CAPTURED DURING RECENT FIGHTING.

    AN HOUR BEFORE THE TIME FIXED, UNITED NATIONS LORRIES ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT WITH 45 KATANGESE PRISONERS. AFTER WAITING FOR AN HOUR PRODUCED THEIR PRISONERS, THE KATANGESE WERE DRIVEN BACK TO THEIR COMPOUND.

    A CEASE FIRE AGREEMENT SIGNED ON OCTOBER 13, PROVIDED FOR THE EXCHANGE AND ALSO FOR THE RETURN OF BUILDING AND INSTALLATIONS SEIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS DURING THE FIGHTING TO BE RETURNED TO THE KATANGESE AUTHORITIES.

    MR. CONOR O'BRIEN, CHIEF UNITED NATIONS REPRESENTATIVES IN KATANGA SAID LATER THAT NO REASON HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR THE FAILURE TO PRODUCE THE PRISONERS, AND UNTIL THE EXCHANGE WAS GUARANTEED THE CEASE FIRE AGREEMENT WAS "IN ABEYANCE." IN ELISABETHVILLE ITSELF, A CROWD OF AFRICANS AND BELGIANS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE MAIN POST OFFICE AS THE EXCHANGE TIME DREW NEAR, BUT THE UNITED NATIONS FORCES WHO WERE TO VACATE THE BUILDING STAYED INSIDE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA68UW8INZ1JPK4H7J6HB2SNMR0
    Media URN:
    VLVA68UW8INZ1JPK4H7J6HB2SNMR0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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