A four-day visit to Bonn by a Frelimo delegation ended in success for the anti-Portuguese movement in Mozambique.
A four-day visit to Bonn by a Frelimo delegation ended in success for the anti-Portuguese movement in Mozambique. On Monday (August 6), as the visit drew to an end, Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Democratic Party announced its support for the movement and its decision to ban West German arms deliveries to Portugal.
The Party announced that it supported the demands of the Frelimo for independence and self-determination.
The delegation visiting Bonn was led by the Frelimo Vice-President Marcelinodos Santos. Though the Portuguese Embassy in Bonn issued an outspoken attack on the negotiations, the Social Democrats and the frelimo delegates were later able to announce that they had reached agreement on almost all points. They even agreed to extend the talks for a further day.
SYNOPSIS: A major diplomatic coup for the Frelimo guerrilla movement this week. A delegation from the anti-Portuguese movement in Mozambique, led by their Vice-President Marcelino dos Santos, visited Bonn and spent four days negotiating with West German Chancellor Willy Brand't ruling Social Democratic Party.
Though the Frelimo visit had been denounced by the Portuguese Embassy in Bonn, there were from the first indications that the talks would be a success. And on the day of this reception, the Social Democratic Party announced its general support for the Frelimo movement -- and a ban on the delivery of West German arms to Portugal. Besides giving moral support to the African resistance movement's aim of independence and self-determination, the Social Democra announced that they would help the Frelimo in its publicity work. The West Germans went so far as to declare that Portugal's colonial policy is irreconcilable with the aims of the North Atlantic Treat Organisation, of which both countries are members.
The negotiations were so successful that they were extended beyond the planned three days. The only point on which complete agreement was not reached was the question of West German military aid for the Frelimo.