President Francisco da Costa Gomes of Portugal has called on the United Nations to life restrictions on his country's membership of the international organisation.
President Francisco da Costa Gomes of Portugal has called on the United Nations to life restrictions on his country's membership of the international organisation. The President -- who is the first Portuguese leader to address the General Assembly -- said the international community no longer had the right to "cast anathemas" on his country since last April's overthrow of the Caetano regime.
General Costa Gomes also pledged his country's loyalty to the United Nations charter.
He was given a standing ovation both before and after his 20 minute address.
SYNOPSIS: He said Portugal had suffered half a century of dictatorship which - on the long night of 25 April - was ended by a bloodless coup regarded by outsiders as the purest of the century.
He said Portugal was determined to safeguard the purity of its revolutionary objectives. In the deconolisation of its former overseas territories he said Portugal would remain faithful to the principles of international law, self determination and independence.
He pledged that Portugal would quickly undertake the task of decolonisation to try to make up for the many years of delay and try to bring satisfaction to those people who suffered under the previous Portuguese regime.
The President said the "pre-democratic" situation that exists in Portugal with its economic and financial difficulties would be overcome more easily if the democratic countries of the world gave both material and moral support. He said the Portuguese people expected friendships and hoped for speedy financial and political aid from these countries.