Premier Patrice Lumumba of the Congo Republic, said at a Press conference at United Nations headquarters, New York, U.
Premier Patrice Lumumba of the Congo Republic, said at a Press conference at United Nations headquarters, New York, U.S.A., July 25, that he had asked U.N. Secretary General Hammarskjoeld to set a deadline for the withdrawal of Belgian troops from the Congo.
Accusing Belgium of violating a pre-independence treaty, he said;
On the question of Katanga's secession, Premier Lumumba said Mr. Hammarskjoeld had sent a message to Premier Tshombe of the Katanga Province saying there was no question of recognising Katanga as independent from the Congo Republic central Government. The Congo, said Mr. Lumumba, was an "indissoluble and indivisible entity."
Mr. Lumumba arrived in New York July 24 to "make direct contact with the Secretary-General to seek a speedy solution to the problem of the Congo." and to seek financial and technical assistance from the United States and Canada. July 25 he met Mr. Vasily Kuznetsov, Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister leading a Soviet delegation to the United Nations at the moment, and together they discussed the Congo situation.
In Elizabethville July 25, Premier Tshombe of Katanga appealed to other Congo Provinces to secede from the Republic, and offered Katanga's wealth, drawn from Belgian owned mining industry, to finance a "United States of the Congo".