• Short Summary

    Katangan resistance to entry of United Nations personnel was emphasised Aug 5 when guards at Elisabethville Airport hindered the landing of an airliner sent to collect United Nations representative Dr.

  • Description

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    Troops at airport.
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    CU. African troops standing by.
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    Troops in jeeps.
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    Airfield PAN to lorry laden with oil drums.
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    Truck drives away with drums.
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    Turning to side of airstrip.
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    CS. Ditto.
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    Rolling to side.
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    Drums on edge.
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    Bunche walks on airfield.
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    Plane coming in.
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    MS. Ditto.
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    Troops standing by.
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    Going on board.
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    Troops on board.
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    People watch.
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    Soldiers come off.
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    Bunche towards plane.
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    Bunche shaking hands.
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    Troops watch.
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    Bunche up steps.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Katangan resistance to entry of United Nations personnel was emphasised Aug 5 when guards at Elisabethville Airport hindered the landing of an airliner sent to collect United Nations representative Dr. Ralph Bunche and fly him back to Leopoldville. They were under a mistaken impression that the plane carried an advance guard of United Nations troops.

    As the plane approached Elisabethville airport, Katanga's Interior Minister Mr. Munongo came from the control tower, and told Dr. Bunche that United Nations troops were aboard and would not be allowed to land. Dr. Bunche radioed the plane from the control tower, and discovered the "troops" were 21 United Nations civilian employees. Katangan officials still felt these were coming to establish some sort of foothold for following troops, and Dr. Bunche accordingly radioed the plane that no-one should leave when it touched down. Katangan soldiers then removed obstacles from the tarmac, and the plane landed. A brief refuelling period, Dr. Bunche and his party entered the airliner, and it left.

    The United Nations Assistant-General had been visiting Katanga Premier Tshombe to discuss arrangements for arrival of United Nations forces in the separatist province. Following his return to Leopoldville and conference with Secretary General Hammarskjoeld, a 5,000 word cable was sent Aug 7 to the United Nations in New York, and as a result entry of United Nations forces into Katanga was postponed. The UN Security Council meets Aug 8 to discuss the position.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7G8XCSBULM3BF7H1E044XX7AT
    Media URN:
    VLVA7G8XCSBULM3BF7H1E044XX7AT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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