Congo: Uncertain Pact

Even for the surrealistic Congo, the scene seemed weird as the Congolese Central Government's Premier Cyrille Adoula sat down to negotiate with his archenemy, Katanga's Moise Tshombe. The meeting place itself was strange enough—a hospital waiting room at a United Nations military base. And how did the angry foes start their discussion of the embattled Congo's future? With a fond embrace, knee-slapping guffaws and a day of jokes and laughter.

Palaver over Parley. In Elisabethville, the bitter little two-week war was, for the moment, over; only the scattered shots of occasional snipers...

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