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Soviets Order Three Zairian Diplomats Out Of The Country

August 8, 1987

MOSCOW (AP) _ The Soviet Union said Saturday it ordered three Zairian Embassy officials out of the country in retaliation for the expulsion of three Soviets from Zaire.

″The Zaire charge d’affairs was told that the Soviet side had found it necessary to demand that Zaire Embassy Counselor Emani Mata Likambe and two technical workers of the embassy, Bessimo Bossamba and Ngoi Katende, leave the Soviet Union within 48 hours,″ the official Tass news agency said.

Tass said the charge d’affairs was given a diplomatic note Saturday protesting the expulsion of the Soviets from Kinshasa, capital of the central African country.

Tass described Zaire’s decision as an ″unfriendly, provocative action.″

In Kinshasa on Saturday, Zaire’s government issued a statement prior to Moscow’s announcement, saying it hoped the incident would not alter normal relations between the countries.

Government sources in Kinshasa, demanding anonymity, said on Aug. 1 that the Soviets were expelled for gathering information about Zaire’s army and trade unions.

Zaire did not identify the Soviet diplomats but said one was expelled from France in 1983 for industrial espionage.

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