In Support of United Nations in the Congo
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
April 2, 1962
Statement by Houser expressed grave concern about destructive criticisms by certain Americans that are threatening the peace and fragile stability in the Congo. A committee claiming to "aid Freedom Fighters" in Katanga is attempting to discredit United Nations motives and methods, while opposing U.S. purchases of United Nations bonds to support the Congo operation. UN Forces entered the Congo to restore order and overcome panic, and mandates to use force in pursuit of these goals were given only after repeated provocation from Katanga authorities. UN action seeks to prevent outside intervention and assist Africans to solve their own problems. In September 1961, Dag Hammarskjold gave his life trying to stop the fighting. During the conflict in Elizabethville in December, many UN officials risked their lives trying to stop the combat. The charge that the UN-controlled troops from neutral nations committed atrocities is also the result of local bitterness and hysteria. [Note: The correct spelling of Hammarskjold is Hammarskjöld.]
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser Africa collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections