President Kasavubu flew back to Leopoldville March 14, direct from the "summit" meeting in Tananarive where Congolese leaders announced their decision to establish a confederation of sovereign states to replace the Congo Republic.
SLV Plane taxies.
SV Officials forward to greet Kasavubu.
SV Kasavubu down plane stops, and greeted by Abbas, Ndele, McKeown and others.
SCU Greets officials (2 shots)
GV Kasavubu arrives in car for parade.
MV Kasavubu moves to dais.
SV Mounts dais.
MV Pan Onlookers.
GTV Troops march past stand.
NV Another angle ditto.
GTV Troops match past.
SV Rear View Kasavubu at salute.
GV Kasavubu Pan Two, troops marching.
SV 'Children of the army' march past.
SCU Kasavubu at salute.
SV Armoured vehicle and jeep move along.
MV Belgian officer with Congolese Army officers, look on.
SV Pan Jeeps.
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Background: President Kasavubu flew back to Leopoldville March 14, direct from the "summit" meeting in Tananarive where Congolese leaders announced their decision to establish a confederation of sovereign states to replace the Congo Republic.
Among the welcoming party at the airport were: Mr. Mekki Abbas, acting United Nations representative in the Congo, Mr. Ndele, new Governor of the Congo National Bank; and UN Commander General McKeown.
Thousands of cheering Congolese packed the streets of Leopoldville the next day - March 15 - to watch a smart parade of over 2,000 troops mark the "triumphant" return of Mr. Kasavubu, and to celebrate the proposed Federation. The President, who took the salute from a dais, made the day a National holiday.
Speaking at a press conference in the city that day, Mr. Ileo, Prime Minister of the Leopoldville Government, stated that General Lundula, the Lumumbist army leader in Orientale and Kivu provinces, had suggested negotiations to settle the Congo problem. Talks would be held to discuss the entry of Kivu and Orientale into the Congo Federation under President Kasavubu as proposed at Tananarive.
Mr. Gizenga, deputy to the late Mr. Lumumba, who rules Orientale and Kivu did not attend the Tananarive conference. General Lumumba, however, sent a message to the conference requesting a meeting with certain Congolese leaders.