The Congo: An Attempt to Go Back

Cha cha cha, Spaak Papa,

Welcome like in good old day,

Cha cha cha, Spaak Papa,

Making Congo-Belgian unité.

A crowd of swinging, singing diplomats and politicians filled Leopoldville's Manhattan Bar last week as the Congo's famed O.K. Jazz Band serenaded the honored guest with its improvised Spaak Cha Cha. As the first member of the Belgian government to visit the Congo since his country prematurely and disastrously thrust its former colony into independence, Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak might have expected far harsher words of welcome.

But after four years of chaos, mutiny and massacre, the Belgians and Congolese are making moves...

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