• Short Summary

    A REVIEW OF THE CENTURIES-OLD TREATY WITH BRITAIN, THE INDIAN INVASION OF GOA, AND AN ATTACK ON THE UNITED NATIONS WERE THREE OF THE MAIN ISSUES CONTAINED IN A 90-MINUTE SPEECH ON THE GOAN SITUATION BY DR.

  • Description

    A REVIEW OF THE CENTURIES-OLD TREATY WITH BRITAIN, THE INDIAN INVASION OF GOA, AND AN ATTACK ON THE UNITED NATIONS WERE THREE OF THE MAIN ISSUES CONTAINED IN A 90-MINUTE SPEECH ON THE GOAN SITUATION BY DR.OLIVEIRA SALAZAR, THE PORTUGUESE PRIME MINISTER, READ TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN LISBON, JAN.3 BY SENOR MARIO FIGUEIREDO, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY.

    DR.SALAZAR MADE A BRIEF STATEMENT BEFORE THE SPEECH WAS READ, IN WHICH HE SAID THE EMOTIONS OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAD CAUSED HIM TO LOSE HIS VOICE.

    DEALING FIRST WITH THE PRESENT SITUATION IN GOA, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID PORTUGAL WOULD "HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO REDRESS THE OFFENCE DONE TO PORTUGUESE SOVEREIGNTY AND RESTORE IT TO ITS LEGITIMATE RIGHTS BEFORE A NORMAL SITUATION CAN BE RE-ESTABLISHED".ATTACKING MR.NEHRU, THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, DR.SALAZAR SAID: "FUNDAMENTALLY, HOWEVER STRANGE IT MAY SEEM TO THOSE WHO LISTEN TO HIS SPEECHES, THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER IS A RACIST, PREJUDICED AGAINST THE WEST.A PACIFIST IN THEORY BUT AN AGGRESSOR IN PRACTICE.NOT ONLY IN ASIA EITHER.HE IS BESET BY PROBLEMS OF EXCESS POPULATION AND MISERY AND HAS PLANS FOR AN EMPTY AFRICA WHERE HE HOPES THAT THE INDIAN WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE THE WHITE MAN'S PLACE".

    RECALLING THE BASIS OF THE 1386 ALLIANCE AND THE TREATIES OF 1661 AND 1899, DR.SALAZAR SAID THEY BLINDINGLY OBLIGED BRITAIN TO DEFEND PORTUGUESE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES.HE SAID PORTUGAL HAD ASKED DEC.11 LAST YEAR FOR BRITAIN'S REACTION IF GOA WAS INVADED.BRITAIN REPLIED THAT THERE WERE "INEVITABLE RESTRICTIONS" ON HELPING PORTUGAL AGAINST A MEMBER OF THE COMMONWEALTH.ACCUSING BRITAIN OF DELAYING FOR A WEEK A REPLY TO PORTUGAL'S REQUEST TO BE ALLOWED TO USE CERTAIN AIRFIELDS, HE SAID: "IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THIS DELAY, ALTERNATIVE AIR ROUTES COULD HAVE BEEN ARRANGED TO SUSTAIN DEFENCES IN GOA".

    ATTACKING THE UNITED NATIONS, DR.SALAZAR SAID THE RUSSIAN VETO, NULLIFYING A MOTION PASSED CALLING ON INDIAN INVADING FORCED TO RETIRE TO THEIR INITIAL POSITIONS, CLEARLY SHOWED "THE PARALYSIS OF THE SO-CALLED COLLECTIVE DEFENCE SYSTEM AGAINST RUSSIA OR AGAINST ANY POWER PROTECTED BY HER"."I DO NOT YET KNOW", HE CONTINUED, "WHETHER WE SHALL BE THE FIRST COUNTRY TO ABANDON THE UNITED NATIONS, BUT WE SHALL REFUSE THEM OUR COLLABORATION IN EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT IN OUR DIRECT INTEREST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5J835GF6J2IPJH6WK0K9N4MZK
    Media URN:
    VLVA5J835GF6J2IPJH6WK0K9N4MZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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