M.Spaak, the Belgian Foreign Minister is on a visit to the Congo-the first Belgian Minister?
SV. CAVALCADE ARRIVES AT TOWN HALL
SV. SPAAK IS GREETED AND ENTERS TOWN HALL
SV. SPAAK MEETS OFFICIALS
CU. OFFICIAL MAKES SPEECH
CU. GIFT IS HANDED TO SPAAK (ELEPHANT TUSK)
CU. SPAAK SIGNS 'GOLDEN BOOK'
SV. PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE
SV. SPAAK SHAKES HANDS WITH ADOULA
CU. ADOULA PAN... TO SPAAK
LV. CONFERENCE TABLE
GV. PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE (2 SHOTS)
SV. CAVALCADE ARRIVES
SV. SPAAK IS GREETED AND ENTERS (2 SHOTS)
SCU. KASAVUBU GREETS DELEGATION
SV. KASAVUBU AND SPAAK SEATED
CU. SPAAK SPEAKING
SV. GROUP TALKING
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Background: M.Spaak, the Belgian Foreign Minister is on a visit to the Congo-the first Belgian Minister to return to Leopoldville since Congolese independence in July 1960. M.Spaak has described the mission as "an attempt to relaunch the long drawn out.
Belgo-Congolese negotiations". His discussions with Ministers and Government officials are expected to centre on the 'Contentieux'-a complex of financial ,legal and administrative questions left unsolved since independence.
On Tuesday he was guest of honour at a reception held in the Leopoldville Town Hall. M. Spaak was presented with a decorated elephant tusk and signed the city's Golden Book. Later the Belgian Foreign Minister went to the Prime Minister's residence for the first session of talks with M. Adoula, who was accompanied by the Congolese Foreign Minister, M. Lengema and the Finance Minister, M. Bamba. On Wednesday, M. Spaak had a meeting with President Kasavubu at the Head of State's residence.
On Wednesday, M. Spaak told the Press that discussions had turned to the questions of the transfer to the Congo of the 'portfolio' of the Congo's extensive shares in private industry in the country. The shares in private industry in the country. The shares, valued at 37,000 million Belgian France in 1959, have been held in Brussels since the post-independence Congo troubles of 1960.
M. Spaak is due to stay in Leopoldville until Sunday (March 22nd.)