CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY: CONGO

Created: 8/24/1962

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Leopoldvillehas accepted the UN-sponsored plan for reintegrating Katanga with the rest of tho Congo. Prime Minister Adoula and his ministers probably still doubt, however, that the plan will bring Tsboabe Into line. They requested no important changes in the UK proposals but said that theplit of Katanga's mineral revenues between Bllsabethvllle aad Leopoldville would not satisfy their needs.

Tshombe has publiclybis willingness toongo federation. Be has offered to turn over toor to an International body that part of Katanga's revenue wblch ls not "Indispensable" to its administration and economy, but there is so Indication that these are more than gestures. In fact his recent statement that Katanga would acceptss "anew federalmay reflect aof his bargaining position since his return from Europe, He fears that tho UK willhimongoproposal on which the world will Already have agreed and about wblch he will have had little to say. Reportedly, Tshombe Is not seriously worried by threats of an economic blockade against Katanga. He believes that such sanctions would affect the European rather than the African population, and he is probably confident that the Portuguese and Northern Bhodesians would maintain supply lines Into Katanga,

Onugust Tshombd left Bllsabethvllleen-day tour of Bouth Katangan tribal areas. To maintain the UN's timetable, UN representative Gardiner plans to go to Elisabeth-vllle and present the UNto Tshombe's deputy, but this may postpone any Katangan reply beyond tbe ten-day limit envisaged by tbe UK.

Onugust President Kasavubu promulgated legislation creatingow Congolese instead of the present five. North Katanga was not mentioned.

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Small-seals righting broke out last week south and west of Albertvllle as Congolese and Katangan units collidedwhile moving toas such disputed North Katangan territory as possible.atangan offensive, tbe UNalayan battalion into Albertvllle and issued an ultimatum to Katanga to cease action at once or risk UN Fighting has Stopped for the moment. The UN also fears the situation at Elisabetbville could becomeand has advised US officials that it may need airliftto reinforce Its troops ln

i Katanga. One of the bestbattalions ls to beinto the UN contingent at Kamina. The Katangans are still keepingailroadof UN gasoline and SO carloads of UN supplies at the Rhode si an border. The UN may have to airlift rations to replenish dwindling stocks in Elisabetbville.

A Katangan missionreturned in mid-August from an eight-day visit to Angola, where it claims to have arranged with Portuguesefor military support of Katanga, including arns and Katanga is alsoto hnve ordered from West Germany seven Bolkow lightthree of which may have already arrived ln Katanga via Angola.

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