• Short Summary

    Last Thursday's (25 April) coup in Portugal was welcomed by a representative of the self-proclaimed Government of Guinea-Bissau in London on Saturday (27 April).

  • Description

    Last Thursday's (25 April) coup in Portugal was welcomed by a representative of the self-proclaimed Government of Guinea-Bissau in London on Saturday (27 April).

    But Dr. Manual Boal, Guinea-Bissau's Director of Health, said he doubted if the new regime of General Antonio de Spinola wold make enough concession for the two countries to settle peaceful their differences and end the 10-year-old war in Guinea-Bissau.

    The Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands -- known as the P.A.I.G.C. -- proclaimed the Government of Guinea-Bissau in neighboring Guinea last year. The portuguese Government repudiated the claim. But since then, Guinea-Bissau has been recognised by more than half the members of the United Nations.

    However, the Lisbon coup, which elevated General Antonio De Spinola the former Deputy Chief of the Staff of the Portuguese armed forces to power, has radically altered the outlook for Portugal's African provinces.

    General Spinola, former Commander in Chief of Guinea-Bissau, was sacked a month ago by the then Prime Minister, Marcello Caetano, after publishing a book criticising Portugal's African wars. He advocated a political, rather than military, settlement with the liberation groups in Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique.

    In this interview with Visnews Africa Editor, William Ward, Dr. Boal discussed the implications of the coup for Portugal's African colonies. The Government of Guinea-Bissau, he said, would be willing to negotiate with the new Portuguese regime -- but only if the talks were preceded by Portuguese recognition of what he described as "de facto Guinea-Bissau independence."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZSIP25XMJA4SF9MQVTOGEJVC
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZSIP25XMJA4SF9MQVTOGEJVC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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