• Short Summary

    LISBON, JUNE 16, REUTER - PRESIDENT ANTONIO RAMALHO EANES TODAY EMPHASISED PORTUGAL'S COMMITMENT TO MAINTAIN THE POLITICAL STATUS QUO IN MACAO AND ENSURE STABILITY IN THE TINY PORTUGUESE ENCLAVE ON THE COAST OF SOUTHERN CHINA.

    SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF THE TERRITORY'S NEWS GOVERNOR, CAPTAIN VASCO ALMEIDA E COSTA, PRESIDENT EANES SAID THE PRESENT STATUTE UNDER WHICH PORTUGAL GOVERNS MACAO HAD WORKED WELL AND ADDED THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO SERIOUSLY CHANGE IT WOULD BE UNWISE.

    THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT PARTNERS IN PORTUGAL'S RULING DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE WOULD LIKE TO REDUCE THE GOVERNOR'S POWERS AND INCREASE THOSE OF MACAO'S LOCALLY ELECTED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

    BUT PRESIDENT EANES STRESSED THE NEED TO PRESERVE HARMONIOUS RELATIONS WITH CHINA, WHICH HAS INDICATED DISAPPROVAL OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES THAT WOULD GIVE MACAO GREATER LOCAL AUTONOMY.

    THE PRESIDENT SAID PORTUGAL'S ADMINISTRATION IN MACAO WAS AN IMPORTANT CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH TO ESTABLISH STABLE RELATIONS WITH CHINA AND OTHER EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

    PRESIDENT EANES EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH PORTUGAL'S ADMINISTRATION OF MACAO IN RECENT YEARS AND SAID THAT A SOLID FOUNDATION HAD BEEN LAID FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PORTUGAL AND CHINA.

    LISBON HAS RULED MACAO, WHICH LIES 40 MILES (60KM) SOUTH OF HONG KONG, FOR OVER FOUR CENTURIES AND PEKING IS UNWILLING TO DISTURB THE PORTUGUESE PRESENCE THERE FOR FEAR OF REDUCING INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMICALLY MORE IMPORTANT BRITISH COLONY.

    CAPTAIN ALMEIDA E COSTA, 49, SAID HE SAW HIS ROLE AS GOVERNOR AS BEING A REFERRER, ACTING WITH DECISIVE INFLUENCE TO MAINTAIN MACAO'S STABILITY AND PROMOTE ITS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

    HE SAID THAT PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOWED MACAO TO BENEFIT FROM SPECTACULAR DEVELOPMENT AND PROMISED TO MAKE PROMOTION OF THE TERRITORY'S ECONOMY ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES.

    CAPTAIN ALMEIDA E COSTA, WHO ARRIVES IN MACAO TO TAKE UP HIS NEW POST ON JUNE 20, DESCRIBED THE TERRITORY'S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS AS BRILLIANT.

    THE NAVAL OFFICER, WHO IS CONSIDERED CLOSE TO PRESIDENT EANES, SUCCEEDS GENERAL NUNO MELP EGIDIO, WHO WAS APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PORTUGUESE ARMED FORCES LAST MARCH.

    160020 PRONITTED EXPONTES LISBON. CAN OFFER FOR TODAYS (TUESDAY) EVN-ONE COVERAGE EXPINTO OF SWEARING IN OF NEW MACAO GOVERNOR, NAVY COMMANDER ALMEIDA E COSTA.

    PRESIDENT RAMALHO EANES TODAY (TUESDAY) SWORE IN NAVY COMMANDER VASCO ALMEIDA COSTA AS THE NEW GOVERNOR OF MACAO, PORTUGAL'S LAST REMAINING COLONIAL OUTPOST.

    ALMEIDA COSTA, A FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER, SAID RECENTLY IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW THAT THE FIRST ISSUE HE WOULD CONCENTRATE ON WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS POST WAS THAT OF THE TERRITORY'S PROPOSED NEW STATUTES. ASKED TO LIST HIS PRIORITIES AFTER HE CAME OUT OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT EANES, THE NEW GOVERNOR REPLIED: MY PRIORITIES ARE SAFEGUARDING THE INTERESTS OF MACAO. THESE ARE TO KEEP UP THE DIGNITY OF PORTUGAL'S PRESENCE THERE, TO MAINTAIN FOOD RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OFF CHINA AND TO SECURE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE TERRITORY IS A BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH A HISTORICAL VOCATION FOR ACTING AS A COMMERCIAL ENTREPOST AND A CULTURAL CROSSROADS.

    THE GOVERNORSHIP OF MACAO, KNOWN IN LISBON AS A CHINESE TERRITORY UNDER PORTUGUESE ADMINISTRATION, FELL VACANT WHEN PRESIDENT EANES NAMED GENERAL MELO EGIDIO TO SUCCEED HIM AS CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PORTUGUESE ARMED FORCES EARLIER THIS YEAR.

  • Description

    MACAO NEW GOVERNOR SIGNING OATH OF OFFICE. COMMANDER ALEIDA COSTA SPEAKING DURING CEREMONY. GUESTS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL OF THE REVOLUTION. PRESIDENT EANES SPEAKING





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    Background: LISBON, JUNE 16, REUTER - PRESIDENT ANTONIO RAMALHO EANES TODAY EMPHASISED PORTUGAL'S COMMITMENT TO MAINTAIN THE POLITICAL STATUS QUO IN MACAO AND ENSURE STABILITY IN THE TINY PORTUGUESE ENCLAVE ON THE COAST OF SOUTHERN CHINA.

    SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF THE TERRITORY'S NEWS GOVERNOR, CAPTAIN VASCO ALMEIDA E COSTA, PRESIDENT EANES SAID THE PRESENT STATUTE UNDER WHICH PORTUGAL GOVERNS MACAO HAD WORKED WELL AND ADDED THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO SERIOUSLY CHANGE IT WOULD BE UNWISE.

    THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT PARTNERS IN PORTUGAL'S RULING DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE WOULD LIKE TO REDUCE THE GOVERNOR'S POWERS AND INCREASE THOSE OF MACAO'S LOCALLY ELECTED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

    BUT PRESIDENT EANES STRESSED THE NEED TO PRESERVE HARMONIOUS RELATIONS WITH CHINA, WHICH HAS INDICATED DISAPPROVAL OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES THAT WOULD GIVE MACAO GREATER LOCAL AUTONOMY.

    THE PRESIDENT SAID PORTUGAL'S ADMINISTRATION IN MACAO WAS AN IMPORTANT CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH TO ESTABLISH STABLE RELATIONS WITH CHINA AND OTHER EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

    PRESIDENT EANES EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH PORTUGAL'S ADMINISTRATION OF MACAO IN RECENT YEARS AND SAID THAT A SOLID FOUNDATION HAD BEEN LAID FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PORTUGAL AND CHINA.

    LISBON HAS RULED MACAO, WHICH LIES 40 MILES (60KM) SOUTH OF HONG KONG, FOR OVER FOUR CENTURIES AND PEKING IS UNWILLING TO DISTURB THE PORTUGUESE PRESENCE THERE FOR FEAR OF REDUCING INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMICALLY MORE IMPORTANT BRITISH COLONY.

    CAPTAIN ALMEIDA E COSTA, 49, SAID HE SAW HIS ROLE AS GOVERNOR AS BEING A REFERRER, ACTING WITH DECISIVE INFLUENCE TO MAINTAIN MACAO'S STABILITY AND PROMOTE ITS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

    HE SAID THAT PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOWED MACAO TO BENEFIT FROM SPECTACULAR DEVELOPMENT AND PROMISED TO MAKE PROMOTION OF THE TERRITORY'S ECONOMY ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES.

    CAPTAIN ALMEIDA E COSTA, WHO ARRIVES IN MACAO TO TAKE UP HIS NEW POST ON JUNE 20, DESCRIBED THE TERRITORY'S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS AS BRILLIANT.

    THE NAVAL OFFICER, WHO IS CONSIDERED CLOSE TO PRESIDENT EANES, SUCCEEDS GENERAL NUNO MELP EGIDIO, WHO WAS APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PORTUGUESE ARMED FORCES LAST MARCH.

    160020 PRONITTED EXPONTES LISBON. CAN OFFER FOR TODAYS (TUESDAY) EVN-ONE COVERAGE EXPINTO OF SWEARING IN OF NEW MACAO GOVERNOR, NAVY COMMANDER ALMEIDA E COSTA.

    PRESIDENT RAMALHO EANES TODAY (TUESDAY) SWORE IN NAVY COMMANDER VASCO ALMEIDA COSTA AS THE NEW GOVERNOR OF MACAO, PORTUGAL'S LAST REMAINING COLONIAL OUTPOST.

    ALMEIDA COSTA, A FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER, SAID RECENTLY IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW THAT THE FIRST ISSUE HE WOULD CONCENTRATE ON WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS POST WAS THAT OF THE TERRITORY'S PROPOSED NEW STATUTES. ASKED TO LIST HIS PRIORITIES AFTER HE CAME OUT OF A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT EANES, THE NEW GOVERNOR REPLIED: MY PRIORITIES ARE SAFEGUARDING THE INTERESTS OF MACAO. THESE ARE TO KEEP UP THE DIGNITY OF PORTUGAL'S PRESENCE THERE, TO MAINTAIN FOOD RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OFF CHINA AND TO SECURE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE TERRITORY IS A BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH A HISTORICAL VOCATION FOR ACTING AS A COMMERCIAL ENTREPOST AND A CULTURAL CROSSROADS.

    THE GOVERNORSHIP OF MACAO, KNOWN IN LISBON AS A CHINESE TERRITORY UNDER PORTUGUESE ADMINISTRATION, FELL VACANT WHEN PRESIDENT EANES NAMED GENERAL MELO EGIDIO TO SUCCEED HIM AS CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PORTUGUESE ARMED FORCES EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZXIVFQPONU7LJUO5SEZH745P
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZXIVFQPONU7LJUO5SEZH745P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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