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Congo, Katanga And The UNO

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Katanga is the heart of the Congo. The export of Katangan minerals took place through Congo trade routes. In the last year before Congo became independent, Union Minière paid the colonial government £21 million. The rest of the Congo appears to have few economic potentialities, Katanga supplies not only 8% of the world's copper but over 80% of the worlds' cobalt and a large percentage of the worlds' industrial diamonds, silver, zinc, cadmium and, even in small quantities, gold and uranium. The British government at a key moment threatened to withdraw financial support from UN if the operations against Katanga went on. Only through the UN can such a state be established and, in the even shorter run, only through the UN can the worst extremes of famine and disorder be averted. Critical support for the UN in the Congo is the only realistic attitude for revolutionary socialists.

Keywords:British government; Congo; Katanga; Union Minière



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