On March 17, a spokesman for the Congolese Government indicated that it would be two or three weeks before United Nations troops would be allowed to return to the vital port of Matadi, Boma and Banana on the Congo River.
SV Delvaux out of plane at Boma, and met by officials and Major Masiala.
SV Delvaux shakes hands with officers.
CU Talks with soldier.
GV District Building.
SV Delvaux and Mr Oscar, District Commissioner for Ngoma with others in the conference room.
SV PAN Crowd outside.
AV Congo flag at Matadi Military camp.
CU PAN Poster forbidding political and religious discussions in the army.
SCU Coronel Mobutu's name on poster.
GV Army lorries lined up.
SV Delvaux inspects lorries.
SV Engine from Belgian plane shot down by the Congolese Army in July, 1960.
LV Wrecked plane.
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Background: On March 17, a spokesman for the Congolese Government indicated that it would be two or three weeks before United Nations troops would be allowed to return to the vital port of Matadi, Boma and Banana on the Congo River.
Albert Delvaux, Acting Minister of the Interior in the Leopoldville Government, made a special visit to Boma Mar 17 where he told a conference of military and civilian officials that "all possible obstacles" must be put in the way of any advance on the port by UN troops from Leopoldville - ambushes must be prepared, and rail and road communications out.
He affirmed that any UN military equipment arriving by sea must first be landed and then confiscated. Any food supplies arriving for the United Nations would be delivered, but normal customs duties would have to be paid.
Mr. Delvaux said he was particularly apprehensive of a UN onslaught against Matadi in view of the large reinforcements of Indian troops that had arrived in Leopoldville.
The next day, March 18, he visited Matadi where he issued similar defence instructions. He said that many army lorries abandoned by the Sudanese UN soldiers during the battle for the port would eventually be returned to the United Nations.
Matadi - supply centre for the UN force in the Congo - was abandoned by Sudanese troops Mar 6 after being shelled by a large Congolese force. Negotiations for the return of UN troops to the zone have been going on since that time.
As Indian fighting troops flew into Leopoldville recently, one UN officer declared: "one way or another we've got to retake Matadi".