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    CONGO-KINSHASA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, M. JUSTIN BOMBOKO, ANNOUNCED IN KINSHASA TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT FIGHTING HAD BROKEN?

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    CONGO-KINSHASA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, M. JUSTIN BOMBOKO, ANNOUNCED IN KINSHASA TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT FIGHTING HAD BROKEN OUT AGAIN NEAR BUKAVU BETWEEN WHITE MERCENARIES AND UNITS OF THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY. EARLIER THIS MONTH A THREE-MAN MISSION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS ARRIVED IN KINSHASA TO ARRANGE THE EVACUATION OF THE MERCENARIES AND KATANGESE SOLDIERS IN REPLY TO A REQUEST FROM THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU).

    IN BUKAVU RECENTLY, COLONEL JEAN "BLACK JACK" SCHRAMME, THE BELGIAN LEADER OF THE WHITE MERCENARIES, AND AN INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS OFFICIAL, M. MICHEL MARTIN, WERE INTERVIEWED BY A FRENCH TELEVISION REPORTER.

    TWO WEEKS AGO, THE RED CROSS AND CONGOLESE PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU WERE REPORTED TO HAVE AGREED ON THE EVACUATION OF THE REBELS. BUT THE RED CROSS IS NOW DEMANDING A FORMAL AND EFFECTIVE CEASE-FIRE BETWEEN THE 130 EUROPEAN MERCENARIES, LED BY COLONEL SCHRAMME, AND THE CONGOLESE ARMY, BEFORE IT SUPERVISES THE EVACUATION.

    IN TODAY'S INTERVIEW, M. BOMBOKO SAID THAT SINCE THE MERCENARY REVOLT BEGAN IN JULY THERE HAD BEEN NO FORMAL TRUCE, AND THE RESUMPTION OF FIGHTING CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO HIM. HE SAID THE VICTORY OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY WOULD COME WITH THE CAPTURE OF THE MERCENARIES AND THE 1,000 REBEL KATANGESE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN ENTRENCHED IN BUKAVU SINCE AUGUST. THE CONGOLESE FOREIGN MINISTER REFUSED TO SAY THAT PLANS THE RED CROSS NOW HAD FOR THE EVACUATION OF THE REBELS.

    AN APPROXIMATE TRANSLATION OF WHAT M. MARTIN SAID IN THE INTERVIEW IN BUKAVU:- MAYBE YOU KNOW THAT THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS COMMITTEE HAS ACCEPTED THIS MISSION AFTER A DEMAND FROM THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY. WE WANT ALL THE ASSURANCE FROM ALL THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHICH ARE COLLABORATING IN THIS OPERATION AND THE AGREEMENT OF COLONEL SCHRAMME, AND WE HAVE TAKEN DISPOSITIONS WITH HIM FOR THE EVACUATION.

    ALSO APPROXIMATELY TRANSLATED IS COLONEL SCHRAMME'S INTERVIEW:- TO HAVE AN EVACUATION IT IS NECESSARY FIRST AND FOREMOST TO HAVE A GUARANTEE FOR THE KATANGESE. AFTER THAT AND WITHOUT DOUBT FOR THE OFFICER WE HAVE HERE. I THINK THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO GUARD THE KATANGESE FIRST OF ALL AS THEY HAVE BEE AT MY SERVICE FOR SEVEN YEARS. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THEIR ACTION WAS TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY BEFORE ALL? BUT AS WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THIS GUARANTEE WE WILL STAY ON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV7CNB2K7PST5NZWXIHYCXEY0
    Media URN:
    VLVABV7CNB2K7PST5NZWXIHYCXEY0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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