Portugal will send technicians to its former African colonies, but would have to reduce financial aid, Portuguese Minister for Inter-Territorial Coordination, Dr.
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DR. ALMEIDA SANTOS:
"In fact, we were theoretically favorable to a popular consultation in all territories. But in Mozambique, we found a situation that we should respect. In Mozambique, there was a movement that maintained with relative success one war for 15 years. They fought, they died, they had relative success. All the other movements in Mozambique appeared after the 25th of February, when freedom came and everybody was sure that it was not a risk to appear as a politician and to have new courage. Of course three, four, five more movements appeared. We thought that it was not correct to refuse legislative rights to Frelimo representatives. And there was another problem. We were obliged to put the question: was a referendum possible in Mozambique? I am convinced, we are convinced, that in fact it was not possible to have a referendum in Mozambique."
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Background: Portugal will send technicians to its former African colonies, but would have to reduce financial aid, Portuguese Minister for Inter-Territorial Coordination, Dr. Antonio De Almeida Santos, said on Wednesday (4 December).
Dr. Almeida Santos was speaking at a press conference as part of his effects to get immediate international aid for the colonial territories.
The Portugese Minister said Mozambique was very rich. But he said, it needed aid now, and contributions next year would be too late.
Dr. Almeida Santos also spoke in support of Frelimo -- the guerrilla movement which sustained the 15-year anti-colonial war against the previous Portugese government, and now controls the provisional government.