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    African Nationalist guerrillas last week proclaimed independence in a "liberated area" of Portuguese Guinea-Bissau.

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    African Nationalist guerrillas last week proclaimed independence in a "liberated area" of Portuguese Guinea-Bissau.

    The first the estate world heard of the declaration was a communique issued in neighbouring countries, when the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Caps Varde Islands (PAIGC) announced that it People's Assembly had proclaimed independence. The actual proclamation was filmed by a Swedish Television crew.

    In Lisbon, Portuguese Government officials have described the independence more as a propaganda stunt -- a jibe repeated in the Untied Nations, where Portugal claimed it still effectively administered the entire territory. It maintains 27,000 troops in the area, which is largely swampland divided by rivers.

    The PAIGC, however counter-claim that they now control three quarters of the 14,000 square mile (36,000 sq km) territory -- and certainly there were no Portuguese troops to prevent the declaration of independence ceremony on Monday of last week.

    The proclamation said that the prime aim of the PAIGC now was to compel the expulsion of Portuguese forces from the rest of Africa. It eventually plans to notify the Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands into a new African state.

    SYNOPSIS: African Nationalist guerrillas in the Portuguese West African territory of Guinea-Bissau last week proclaimed independence in a liberated area.

    The declaration realised one of the principal ambitions of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands -- the PAIGC. Members of the Party's People's Assembly made the proclamation, and combined it with a call for the expulsion of portuguese forces from the rest of Africa.

    Lisbon, however, didn't share in the rejoicing. Shortly after these scenes were filmed, Portuguese Government officials dis???issed the independence move as a propaganda stunt. And before the United Nations, Portugal claimed it still effectively administers the entire territory, where it maintains twenty-seven thousand troops. But there were no Portuguese soldiers to interfere with the independence declaration. And by the end of the week more than twenty African and Arab countries had recognised Guinea-Bissau as an independent state, and there had been calls for the United Nations to give it official recognition.

    The PAIGC claims it will fight on for the elimination of Portuguese forces in Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands, and when it has succeeded it will unify the two territories to crate new state. For the present, Guinea-Bissau is declared a non-aligned state, and Portuguese have been denied any further right to conclude any agreements an behalf of the territory.

    The guerrillas have also said that they are new prepared to negotiate a solution that will pat an end to portuguese presence in the territory.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8H7QWEYJEL5E7269JXKSA2SFV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8H7QWEYJEL5E7269JXKSA2SFV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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