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    Premier Patrice Lumumba of the Congo Republic, said at a Press conference at United Nations headquarters, New York, U.

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    "Under the treaty which we had signed on the 29th June with the Belgian Government, Article 6 specifies that Belgian troops in no way can intervene in the Congo except upon the specific request of the Congolese Government. Such a demand or request has never been issued by our Government. Three or four days after the signing of the treaty, Belgium had trod upon this treaty. The Belgian Government violated that treaty, and sent occupation troops into our country on the flimsiest pretext of protecting Belgian citizens.

    The situation in Katanga is a stroke prepared several months in advance by the Belgian Government. Mr. Tshombe is being used as an instrument of propaganda, and as a screen, because the intention of Belgium is to support the ignomineux (infamous) and to have a hand in the strangle-hold upon our country. We have proof, every day I receive telegrams coming from the Katanga. The overwhelming majority of the population of that province is against the cessation of Katanga."

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    Background: 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".

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