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Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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asked the Prime Minister what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken at the United Nations to ensure that Mr. Tshombe will enter into negotiations with the Central Government of the Congo; and what was his reply to the communication sent to him from Mr. Tshombe on this matter.

Since I answered a Question by my hon. Friend on 24th November, the British representative at the United Nations has repeated Her Majesty's Government's position in the Security Council. A reply was sent to Mr. Tshombe's message through Her Majesty's Consul in Elisabethville—the normal channel of contact with the Provincial Government of Katanga. Her Majesty's Consul was instructed to impress on Mr. Tshombe the importance which Her Majesty's Government attach to an early meeting and reconciliation between him and Mr. Adoula.