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Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the implementation of the United Nations decisions in the Congo.

It has always been the view of Her Majesty's Government that these resolutions should be implemented after consultation and in collaboration with the Congolese themselves. It is, therefore, encouraging that an agreement has been reached between Mr. Hammarskjoeld and President Kasavubu on measures to carry out the provisions of the Security Council resolution of 21st February.


asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the result of the Government's efforts made through the United Nations to secure the release of President Moisé Tshombe of Katanga.

Since our representative at the United Nations was instructed to discuss this matter with the United Nations authorities, the Leopoldville Government have announced that they intend to bring Mr. Tshombe to trial, or to intern him temporarily under a decree-law of 25th February. This involves a matter of internal Congolese jurisdiction in which it would not be proper for the United Nations to intervene. The United Nations authorities have told us that they will try to ensure that Mr. Tshombe will be properly treated and, if he is brought to trial, will be given a fair trial.