United Nations: Who Are the Racists?

A crowd of delegates and officials spilled over into the press section and public galleries; ambassadors stood three-deep around the horseshoe table. Never had the chamber been so packed, and seldom had its mood been so ugly. The U.N. Security Council was debating the Congo.

In a flurry of indignation, 18 African states, plus Cambodia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, had called on the Council to condemn Congolese Premier Moise Tshombe and his Western allies for last month's U.S.-Belgian rescue operations at Stanleyville. Tshombe's representatives countered by charging that Algeria, Ghana, Egypt and the Sudan were aiding the rebel "government" of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!