The political conference on the future of Ruanda-Urundi, the Belgian trust territories adjoining the Congo Republic, continued at Ostand, Belgian, Jan. 11.
GV. Kurasal Building, Ostend.
LV.PAN.Conference chairman's desk.
CU. Mr. Gregoire Kaybanda
CU. Mr. Biroli
CU Mr. Van den Abaela (chairman).
GV.PAN. Urundi delegation.
SV & CU. Mr. Dorinvills.
GV.PAN. United Nations delegation.
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Background: The political conference on the future of Ruanda-Urundi, the Belgian trust territories adjoining the Congo Republic, continued at Ostand, Belgian, Jan. 11. Count Harold d'Aspremont Lyndon, the Belgian Minister for African Affairs, said the legislative elections this month would permit the establishment of a democratic structure and increasing autonomy.
The conference - it is being held in private - is under the chairmanship of Mr. Van den Abeele, Secretary-General of the African Affairs Department. Attending it are; Mr. Biroli (representing the Urundi political parties), and Mr. Dorinville (Ambassador of Haiti and President of the United Nations delegation at the conference). In addition to the U.N. delegation, Mr. Kaybanda and Mr. Biroli have supporting delegations.
The elections will be held in the presence of U.N. observers of U.N. observers. Reports say the first institutions of self-government in Urundi are working under good conditions, but there is still tension in Ruanda as a result of tribal disorders. The crisis there is political as well as social.
The maintenance of order in Ruanda-Urundi rests on Belgian soldiers; and some of them are being flown to Belgium to help deal with acts of sabotage in the national strike.