As reports continued of armed clashes between United Nations and Congolese troops at Matadi and Banana, VISNEWS cameraman Tony Green flew into nearby Kitona air-base, Mar 4, with Indonesian reinforcements and Colonel Kiemba, Congolese Chief of Staff, who had flown from Leopoldville to attempt to effect a cease-fire.
GV Sudanese H.Q., Kitona
CU SIGNBOARD "H.Q. Sudanese Battalion"
GV Peace Committee arrives
SV Peace officer and party being greeted
CU Liaison Officers
SV Peace Committee enter building for conference
GV Plane arriving at Kitona airport
CU SIGN "UNO" on plane
GV Indonesian troops out of plane
SV Troops towards
CU/PAN From shoulder flash "Indonesian" to soldier
GV (Two shots) Troops lined up in front of plane
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Background: As reports continued of armed clashes between United Nations and Congolese troops at Matadi and Banana, VISNEWS cameraman Tony Green flew into nearby Kitona air-base, Mar 4, with Indonesian reinforcements and Colonel Kiemba, Congolese Chief of Staff, who had flown from Leopoldville to attempt to effect a cease-fire. But it was announced Mar 7, that the talks had broken down.
Fighting broke out Mar 3-4 in three places between congolese and United Nations troops. Sudanese troops withdrew from the naval base of Banana, on the Congo estuary, after a day of severe fighting. Clashes were also reported from Kitona, where Congolese troops tried to arrest a U.N. radio operator. In a 24-hour gun battle at Matadi, mar 4, General Mobotu's troops drove out the 135-strong Sudanese garrison, killing at least two of them, wounding thirteen, and disarming the rest.
The battle for Matadi - a vital supply link for the United Nations Congo operation - began when congolese shelled a Canadian signals unit with mortars and armour-piercing weapons. sudanese guards replied with small-arms fire. The Congolese then threatened to throw in the entire Thysville garrison, including armour and artillery, if the Sudanese did not retire from the port. After agreeing to the withdrawal to avoid further bloodshed, the United Nations forces were flown back to Leopoldville.
Immediate repercussions to the U.N. defeat included a decision by India to send 3,000 men to the Congo; the re-direction of an American task force to Congo waters; and the withdrawal of the Sudanese contingent from the Congo. The Sudan Government said the UN had proved impotent and its negligence had mad Sudanese troops "the target for attacks".