Delegates of more than 70 countries walked out of the Untied nations General Assembly on Wednesday (October 3rd), when the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Rui Patricio, defended his country's policies in its African territories.
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Mr. Patricio: "The United Nations established a Committee to study methods of combating terrorism. But certain parties promptly sought to use this opportunity in a political manner, in order to enable them to combat more effectively acts of subversion directed against themselves, while at the same time, to continue to foster terrorism whenever advantage could be gained from it. Under these circumstances, the possibility of attaining the objectives initially proposed by the Committee was doomed from the outset. In fact the committee was unable to achieve any progress at all.
One of the major exceptions which certain parties insist on attaching to the principle of non-application of armed force, concerns the so-called "liberation movements".
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Background: Delegates of more than 70 countries walked out of the Untied nations General Assembly on Wednesday (October 3rd), when the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Rui Patricio, defended his country's policies in its African territories.
Representatives of all African States except two, Swaziland and Malawi, left the hall, together with delegates of some Communist Bloc, non-aligned and Scandinavian countries.
Mr. Patricio told the 58 delegates left in the Assembly Hall that the large numbers of African votes in the Assembly gave the Africans and their allies dominance in passing resolutions.
Mr. Patricio denied that massacres of unarmed villages took place in any Portuguese territories. He said the concepts of white or black majorities lacked meaning in Portugal's multi-racial society, where men were not "counted according to the colour of their skin."
He said that with the economic and cultural progress being made by Portuguese Africans, "the Portuguese nation was heading to wards a great Euro-African state, with the 'black majority' in political dominance."