Yet another emergency for United Nations security forces in the Congo: at Manono, in North Katanga, January 13, fighting broke out between UN troops and soldiers supporting former Premier Patrice Lumumba.
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Background: Yet another emergency for United Nations security forces in the Congo: at Manono, in North Katanga, January 13, fighting broke out between UN troops and soldiers supporting former Premier Patrice Lumumba. It was announced that there were a "few casualties" on the UN side. Irish soldiers arriving in Leopoldville that day had only the briefest of rests before many of them flew on to the troubled area.
The Irish contingent - of the 34th Infantry Battalion - were part of 650 soldiers sent to replace the 32nd and 33rd Battalions who have completed 6 months service with the UN Congo force. The new Irish Supreme Commander of the UN in the Congo, Lieutenant-General Sean McKeown, arrived in Leopoldville a few days earlier.
Pro-Lumumba troops appeared in the Manono area at the weekend Jan 7/8. UN reinforcements were sent there after Mr. Tshombe - who controls Katanga Province - said that if the United Nations did not remove the pro-Lumumba force he would take any action he deemed fit.
A tense situation was also reported at Luena, 50 miles northwest of Elisabethville, were Katanga gendarmerie and Baluba tribesmen faced other. Mr. Tshombe was warned by the UN that restraint was "more necessary than ever".