A United Nations Mission has been in Senegal investigating reports of armed clashes along the frontier with Portuguese Guinea.
A United Nations Mission has been in Senegal investigating reports of armed clashes along the frontier with Portuguese Guinea. The six-nation commission was met in Dakar by President Senghor before leaving for the frontier, but were refused permission to cross into Portuguese Guinea. They talked to wounded Senegalese villagers and a mercenary who defected from the Portuguese armed forces, and examined weapons said to have been captured in fighting. Earlier, U.N. military experts who visited the scenes were told that at least 40 shells had fallen inside the Senegalese frontier. Other Senegal Government reports said four people had been wounded in a gun and grenade attack on a village inside the frontier.
SYNOPSIS: The Senegal Government has claimed that its troops have been involved in recent armed clashes with Portuguese fores along the country's frontier with Portuguese Guinea. The Senegal Government, claiming that the attack had been initiated by the Portuguese, said the clashes all took place inside Senegal -- and that four villagers had been injured in shelling from across the border.
Last week, the United Nations sen a six-nation commission to investigate the reports. The delegates wee met by President Senghor in Dakar before they travelled to the frontier to investigate. During their stay they travelled to the Kolda area where local authorities claimed that a stuck had been damaged by exploding mines, and that a security forces inspector had been killed by a land-mine in May The delegates also talked to villagers said to have been wounded in shelling attacks from across the Portuguese frontier.
The delegates - U.N. members from Nicaragua, Poland, Belgium Burundi, Japan and Syria - also examined a bridge said to have been rigged with bombs, and spoke to a mercenary who defecates form the Portuguese. A few days earlier, a team of U.N. military experts also examined the weapons said to have been captured in fighting with the Portuguese, but refused to comment on their origin.
The delegation failed to get permission to cross into Portuguese Guinea during its investigation, and left for New York this week to prepare its report. Their findings are expect to be presented to the United Nations Security Council next Week.