Congo: Blow to the U.N.

The U.N. effort in the Congo was teetering on the edge of disaster.

By drawing his 20,000-man force largely from African and uncommitted Asian nations, Dag Hammarskjold had staved off the major calamity of a confrontation of the great powers in the Congo. But Hammarskjold had not reckoned with the meddling and intrigues of some of Africa's ambitious new leaders. Chief meddlers were Cairo's Nasser, Ghana's Nkrumah and Guinea's Sékou Touré, all of whom were working earnestly for Lumumba's return. In recent weeks, their troops have been openly taking sides in the Congo's...

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