§ Mr. Heath
Mr. Tshombe was reported to have made a statement on 26th September to the effect that he was arranging for the immediate removal of remaining mercenaries in accordance with the 21st February resolution. Her Majesty's Consul saw him on 29th September and asked what the position was. He was assured that no white officers remained in the Katanga forces and that any of those who had previously been discharged and tried to offer their services again were being refused. Her Majesty's Consul saw Mr. Tshombe again on 12th October, when Mr. Tshombe reiterated that all had been discharged and were being paid off, but that it was not impossible that a few of them might have gone into hiding. There was, however, no question of their remaining in military service. He made similar remarks to the Press on 15th October.