• Short Summary

    DR. CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN, FORMER HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS OPERATIONS IN KATANGA, WAS INTERVIEWED ON?

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    QUESTIONS: (SOF BEGINS).



    DOCTOR O'BRIEN, YOU RESIGNED YOUR POST IN KATANGA, YOU CHARGED IN ORDER TO GIVE YOURSELF FREEDOM OF ACTION; AND YOU CHARGED THAT THE BRITISH AND FRENCH WERE TRYING TO OBSTRUCT YOUR WORK AND THE WORK OF THE U.N. IN KATANGA. CAN YOU AMPLIFY THAT NOW?



    ANSWER: WELL, YES. MY EXPERIENCE - I AM SPEAKING ENTIRELY ON THE BASIS OF MY EXPERIENCE IN ELISABETHVILLE - I DON'T WANT TO SET MYSELF UP AS AN AUTHORITY ON BRITISH POLICY ON FRENCH POLICY; BUT THE EXPERIENCE I HAD IN ELISABETHVILLE WAS THAT THE BRITISH, IN PARTICULAR, SEEM TO BE GIVING SUPPORT TO MR. TSHOMBE WHILE UNDER-CUTTING THE U.N. POSITION. IN PARTICULAR AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, WHEN HOSTILITIES BROKE OUT LAST TIME BETWEEN THE UN.N. AND MR. TSHOMBE'S FORCES, MR. TSHOMBE TOOK REFUGE WITH MR. DENZIL, DUNNETT, THE BRITISH CONSUL IN ELISABETHVILLE, BUT MR. DUNNETT DID NOT INFORM THE U.N. WE DISCOVERED IT THE FOLLOWING DAY WHEN WE ASKED HIM A DIRECT QUESTION. MR. DUNNETT SAID THAT MR. TSHOMBE CAME TO HIM THAT MORNING SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON THE 13TH OF SEPTEMBER WHEN FIRING HAD ALREADY BROKEN OUT. ACCORDING TO MR. DUNNETT, MR. TSHOMBE SAT THERE FOR ONE HOUR AND THEY DID NOT DISCUSS POLITICS. I AM STILL TRYING TO BELIEVE THAT.



    QUESTION. CAN YOU GIVE US ANY OTHER EXAMPLES? THAT EXAMPLE INVOLVES THE BRITISH; WHAT ABOUT THE FRENCH?



    ANSWER. WELL, CERTAINLY THE FRENCH ACTION WAS MUCH LESS PROMINENT; AND IT WAS OF COURSE, INDIRECT. RADIO BRAZZAVILLE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN SUPPORT OF MR. TSHOMBE FROM BRAZZAVILLE RADIO, AND THAT OF COURSE, IS IN THE REPUBLIQUE DE CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, WHICH WITH THE OTHER RADIO LULUABOURG IS GENERALLY BELIEVE TO BE UNDER A VERY CONSIDERABLE DEGREE OF FRENCH INFLUENCE. I THINK THAT RADIO BRAZZAVILLE IS ACTUALLY DIRECTLY CONTROLLED BY FRANCE, BUT I HAVEN'T CHECKED THAT, AND I THINK IT WILL BE SOMETHING WORTH CHECKING ON.




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    Background: DR. CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN, FORMER HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS OPERATIONS IN KATANGA, WAS INTERVIEWED ON TELEVISION IN NEW YORK, U.S.A. DEC 5. INTERVIEWERS ASKED DR. O'BRIEN TO EXPAND ON THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THE STATEMENT HE ISSUED AFTER HIS RESIGNATION...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB6MBIFTNAFWIDMVHOH3HULVUA
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6MBIFTNAFWIDMVHOH3HULVUA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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