CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY: CONGO DEVELOPMENTS

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Current Intelligence Weekly Summary

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CUPRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY

CONGO DFVEIOPUENTS

progress has been made on the UN reconciliation plan for the Congo since Adoula repudiated the cease-fire and financial agreements onctober, despite his expression of full support for the UN plan and the stnteioent in his cos-munlque with Under Secretary McGhee that the "bridges arc not cue." He hasalt to any reactivation of joint commission talks ln Ellsabethvllle pending talks with UN Under Secretary Bunche, who arrived in Leopoldville onctober.

Adoula told Ambassador Gulllon that his action did notupture of the talks, butuspension. The tone of hisctober press conference, however, indicates that Adoula's position has considerably stiffened. month delay ina Katanga settlement, Adoula said again that the UN plan could not be negotiated, that ithole which must be accepted orby Tshombe, and that be would not enter Into any talks with Tshombe.

Tshombe has reacted slowly, but onctober he Informed UN officials ln Ellsabethvllle that any attempt by Adoula to renegotiate the cease-fire signedctober would raise new problems and result in long delay. The Katangan leader has not yet commented on the UN-drafted constitution.

UN air reconnaissance supports previous reports that Tshombe has added Vampire jets to his air force, One such aircraft was sighted at Kolwezi airport, and there cay be a total of four. on the fighting between Katangan and Congolese forces which occurred in northern Katanga just prior to the cease-fire indicated that the Katangans were using theiracquired Harvard piston trainers to strafe and possibly bonb Congolese positions.

In Brussels, Adoula's recent moves haveighly adverse reaction.Minister Spank's chances of obtaining domestic support for economicin Tshombe have been furtherSpaak has Indicated,that any Belgian decision to increase economic assistance to Leopoldville would have toore constructiveon Adoula's part.

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