Although the situation in Katanga has almost been brought under control by Belgian paratroops, many Europeans are still on the move.
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Background: Although the situation in Katanga has almost been brought under control by Belgian paratroops, many Europeans are still on the move. Jet airliners were brought into Katanga-Belgium shuttle service, July 19, taking distressed refugees to the safety of Brussels.
Further violence was caused, July 22, when Belgian paratroops attacked the camp of Force Publique mutineers, near Kolwezi. During the clash 16 mutineers and three Belgians were killed. As a result of Premier Tshombe, declaring the province independent, the Force Publique is being disbanded in Katanga.
A decision of the United Nations Security Council has demanded the withdrawal of all Belgian forces from the Congo including Katanga. In reply Prime Minister Tshombe stated the country may become an "economic wilderness" if the Belgians are forced to leave against his wishes. Mr. Tshombe felt that any withdrawal of Belgian troops would see a mass exodus of Europeans which would cripple the province.