• Short Summary

    A GROUP OF 111 WHITE MERCENARIES WHO FOUGHT IN CONGO-KINSHASA, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) SIGNED A PLEDGE THAT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN TO SERVICE IN AFRICA.

  • Description

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    LV OAU DELEGATION LED BY TELLI FROM PLANE
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    2.
    CU TELLI GREETED BY RWANDA MINISTER
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    3.
    CU TELLI GREETED BY CONGOLESE GENERAL
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    4.
    SV TELLI GREETED BY CONGOLESE OFFICER
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    5.
    SV TELLI AND OAU DELEGATION WALK PAST
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    6.
    GV MERCENARIES IN CAMP
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    7.
    LV WHITE MERCENARIES
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    8.
    SV PAN DITTO
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    9.
    SCU COLONEL SCHRAMME
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    10.
    SV TANK
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    11.
    CU WHITE MERCENARY
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    12.
    SV MERCENARIES
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    13.
    LV ZOOM IN KATANGESE MERCENARIES
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    14.
    TV BOOING AS MERCENARIES WALK FORWARD TO BE SEARCHED
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    15.
    CU MERCENARIES SEARCHED BY RWANDA MILITARY POLICE
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    16.
    SV PAN FROM COL. SCHRAMME MERCENARIES SEARCHED
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    17.
    CU ARTICLES FROM SEARCHED MEN ON GROUND
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    18.
    LV SEARCHING CONTINUES
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    19.
    CU COL. SCHRAMME TALKING
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    20.
    RV MERCENARIES WALK TO OAU DELEGATION
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    21.
    SV TELLI AND INTERPRETER FACE ASSEMBLED MERCENARIES.
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    22.
    CU INTERPRETER SPEAKS TO MEN FOLLOWED BY TELLI IN FRENCH
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    23.
    SV MERCENARIES LISTEN TO INTERPRETER AND TELLI (IN ENGLISH & FRENCH)
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    24.
    CU INTERPRETER AND TELLI CONTINUE
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    TELLI ARRIVING AT CAMP; MERCENARIES IN CAMP; MERCENARIES SEARCHED; TELLI AND INTERPRETER ISSUE ULTIMATUM; MERCENARIES LEAVING MEETING.




    Initials DHC/VS/MR/DM


    EDITORS: SEE OUR PROD NO.11350/B/67 RWANDA: ENCAMPED MERCENERIES INTERVIEWED ABOUT FUTURE PLANS (SOF) WHICH WAS ALSO SHOT AT KIMIMBE ON 15 NOVEMBER.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A GROUP OF 111 WHITE MERCENARIES WHO FOUGHT IN CONGO-KINSHASA, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) SIGNED A PLEDGE THAT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN TO SERVICE IN AFRICA. THE MERCENARIES HAVE BEEN LIVING IN MAKESHIFT REFUGEE CAMPS IN RWANDA SINCE THEIR RETREAT FROM BUKAVU, IN CONGO-KINSHASA. OAU SECRETARY GENERAL DIALO TELLI ISSUED THE ULTIMATUM TO AN ASSEMBLED GROUP OF WHITE AND KATANGESE MERCENARIES YESTERDAY.

    LEADER OF THE MERCENARIES IS 38-YEAR-OLD JEAN SCHRAMME. HE LED HIS MEN TO REFUGE IN RWANDA EARLIER THIS MONTH, AFTER THEY HAD BEEN FORCED OUT OF THE EASTERN CONGOLESE TOWN OF BUKAVU, WHICH THEY HAD HELD FOR SOME MONTHS.

    ABOUT 1,000 MUTINOUS KATANGESE GENDARMES FOUGHT WITH THEM IN THE REVOLT AGAINST THE CONGO-KINSHASA GOVERNMENT. THEY ALSO BOUGHT REFUGE IN RWANDA, BUT HAVE NOW AGREED TO RETURN TO THE CONGO UNDER AN AMNESTY PROMISED BY THE AUTHORITIES IN KINSHASA. OTHER CHOSE A LIFE AS POLITICAL REFUGEES OUTSIDE THE CONGO.

    THE OAU's COMMITTEE OF MERCENARIES AGREED TO PRESENT THE EUROPE AND WITH THE OPTION OF LEAVING AFRICA FOR GOOD, IN A MEETING HELD IN KIGALI ON TUESDAY.

    OAU SECRETARY-GENERAL DIALO TELLI FLEW TO THE REFUGEES' CAMP AND PRESENTED THE MERCENARIES WITH THE COMMITTEE'S TERMS. THE MERCENARIES, DRESSED IN A MOTLEY COLLECTION OF CIVILIAN CLOTHES, HEARS M. TELLI'S STATEMENT ON A HILLTOP OVERLOOKING LAKE KIVU, ONLY 10 MILES (16 KMS) FROM THE EAST CONGO BORDER. THE STATEMENT WAS MADE IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH.

    THE MERCENARIES SIGNED AND SWORE "I SOLEMNLY UNDERTAKE TOWARDS THE OAU AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL STATE IN AFRICA TO CEASE DEFINITELY ANY ACTIVITY AS A MERCENARY AND NEVER TO RETURN TO AFRICA OR ASSOCIATE MYSELF DIRECTLY OF INDIRECTLY IN ANY ACTION HARMFUL TO THE STABILITY AND PEACE OF ANY INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATE.

    COLONEL SCHRAMME SAID AFTER SIGNING THE AGREEMENT THAT HE PLANNED EVENTUALLY TO RETURN TO HIS HOME AT BRUGES, IN BELGIUM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RV6ME1OGC2YTDY2HODYI5SYG
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RV6ME1OGC2YTDY2HODYI5SYG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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