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    On Monday (12 August) the United Nations Security Council unanimously recommended that the General Assembly should admit the Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau as an independent member of the United Nations.

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    On Monday (12 August) the United Nations Security Council unanimously recommended that the General Assembly should admit the Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau as an independent member of the United Nations.

    One of Guinea-Bissau's strongest supporters in its fight both for independence and admission to the U.N. is Mauritania. At the United Nations the Mauritanian delegate, Moulays El-Hassan, spoke in support of Guinea-Bissau's admission to the world organisation as a full independent member.

    He said that he affirmed the principle of struggle against Portuguese colonialism rather than against the Portuguese people, with whom we feel it is desirable that there should be friendly and co-operative relations.

    He paid tribute to the Portuguese people, their courage, spirit of justice and ancient civilisation. he went on to ask Portugal to recognise the independence of Guinea-Bissau without further hesitation.

    SYNOPSIS: At a meeting on Monday the United Nations Security Council unanimously recommended that the General Assembly should admit the Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau as an independent member of the United Nations.

    At the meeting the delegate from Mauritania, Moulaye El-Hassan, spoke in support of Guinea-Bissau's admission to the world organisation as a full independent member. Mr. Hassan spoke in French...

    He said that he affirmed the principle of struggle against Portuguese colonialism rather than against the Portuguese people. He pointed out however that independent African countries welcomed friendly relations and co-operation with Portugal and he was generous with his praise of its traditions: "We would like to pay tribute to the Portuguese people", he said, ":for their courage, spirit of justice and ancient civilisation. We ask of them that they should recognise the independence and territorial integrity of the republic of Guinea-Bissau without further hesitation. We would also like to see Portugal proceed with the transfer of power and responsibility to the authentic representatives of the people of Mozambique and Angola." Guinea-Bissag wedged between Senegal to the north and the Republic of Guinea to the east has been under Portuguese domination for five centuries. It is mainly poor and swampy with an economy described as chaotic -- due mainly to ten years of guerrilla war against Portugal. But the hopes of Males El-Hassan should soon be realised. Portugal has promised an early date for independence for Guinea-Bissau.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVACJ4M4SK8AOV9OKQ4KPMCDUYRJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1974
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    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
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