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    The Secretary-General of the African party of the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC), Mr.

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    The Secretary-General of the African party of the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC), Mr. Aristides pereira, told a news conference in the Ghana capital, Accra, on Wednesday (6 February) that his country, which declared itself independent in September last year, will formally apply for membership of the United Nations during the next session of the General Assembly.

    Mr. Pereira was the leader of a three-man goodwill mission which had come to Ghana for a three day official visit.

    The still disputed West African territory has been recognised as the independent country of Guinea-Bissau by more than half the 135 members of the United Nations, including Ghana.

    But to Portugal, after nearly 12 years of war against the supporters of independence, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau is still Portuguese Guinea. There is considerable disagreement on how much of the territory is held by the independence forces.

    At Wednesday's press conference Mr. Pereira said the "liberated zones" covered over two thirds of the territory.

    Last November journalists were taken on a ten day walking tour in the north of the territory and saw schools, hospitals and shops run by PAIGC.

    The Portuguese claim they control the whole of the territory.

    On Wednesday Mr. Pereira said the main task facing his country was the complete ejection of the Portuguese form the territory and the reconstruction of the economy, and he appealed for African countries to give the country more support in the struggle against colonialism. During the Press Conference Mr. Perreira was accompanied by Colonel F.E. Techie-Menson, Ghana Commissioner for Information.

    Earlier the delegation had talks with the Ghanaian Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong.

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