CYRILLE ADOULA. Scarce TLS: "Adoula" as Prime
Minister, 1p, 8¼x8½. On official letterhead. Leopoldville [now Kinshasa],
Congo, 1961 October 17. To an unnamed recipient. In French, translated,
in full: "Your letter of 3 September, addressed to the Belgrade
Conference, is welcome to me. I thank you for the good wishes you express for my
country and myself. As I stated in the course of the Belgrade Conference, my
Government will follow the policy aimed at reestablishing the prosperity of my
country in a recovered peace. Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my
distinguished sentiments." Following the Congo's independence from Belgium
(1960), the country dissolved into chaos, with rival armed factions controlling
different parts of the country and the mineral-rich Katanga Province attempting
to secede. A U.N. force was dispatched to the Congo, but was unable to bring an
end to the fighting. Cyrille Adoula served as Prime Minister of the embattled
country from 1961-1964. Exactly one month before this letter was written, U.N.
Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld perished when his plane mysteriously crashed
near the border between Katanga and Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was
traveling to the Congo on a peace mission at Adoula's invitation. The
Non-Aligned Movement was founded at Belgrade. Leaders from 25 countries,
including Adoula, attended the first official meeting in Belgrade in September
1961. Folds. Fine condition.
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PRIME MINISTER CYRILLE ADOULA (CONGO)
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