Portugal's African territory of Mozambique will become an independent State on 25 June, next year.?
Portugal's African territory of Mozambique will become an independent State on 25 June, next year. This is the major item in an agreement signed by Portuguese Government officials and members of the Frelime Liberation Movement in Lusaka, Zambia, on Saturday (7 September). The agreement also provides for a provisional Frelimo Government, which will take over immediately.
The ceasefire agreement, came after months of top level negotiations between the Portuguese and Frelimo. It ends a bloody 10-year guerrilla war waged by Liberation forces.
However, within hours of the agreement being signed, there were reports from Mozambique itself of an uprising by extremist white settlers in the territory. They were reported to be demanding a declaration of independence along Rhodesian lines. Two hundred thousand Portuguese live in Mozambique.
In Lusaka, the agreement was read publicly by Mr. Samora Machel, the 41-year-old Frelime loader. Then he and Portuguese Foreign Minister, Dr. Maris Soares, signed the historic document.
Mozambique's independence day next year will mark the 13th anniversary of the founding of Frelimo.