U.S. POLICY AND PORTUGUESE COLONIALISM: THE UNITED NATIONS FACADE

ACOA BACKGROUND PAPER
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 1969
9 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal, United Nations
Language: English
Contents: • Introduction • The U.S. Voting Record at the United Nations • WHAT THE VOTES MEAN • 1. The U.S. has consistently adopted a "go slow" attitude • 2. The U.S. Opposes Sanctions • 3. Military Involvement and the Role of N.A.T.O. • 4. The role of foreign investors in the Portuguese Territories • INDEX/0UTLINE OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS • Major General Assembly Resolutions affecting Portuguese-held Territories in Africa • Analysis on Total Votes for each Resolution as listed • Report on U.S. government support for Portugal at the United Nations. The report says the U.S. supplies arms and loans to Portugal and defends such action at U.N. meetings. The report says the people of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea have fought long, bitter years of war because the Portuguese met their legitimate demands for self-determination and independence with brutality and violence. The report says the Portuguese now have more than 120,000 soldiers, a network of vicious secret security police (PIDE), and thousands of armed settlers defending their empire in Africa. The report says the U.S. has consistently refused to support any U.N. resolution that attempted action to achieve self-determination in the Portuguese colonies. The report discusses Non-Self-Governing Territories, Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, self-determination, the Security Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Robert McNamara, Cabinda Gulf Oil Co., colonialism, U.S. imports of Angola coffee, American oil corporations, resolutions, independence, Ambassador Seymour M. Finger, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Peoples and Countries, international peace and security, violence, the Committee of 24 on Decolonization, Premier Caetano, the nationalist struggles for freedom, cheap African labor, Portuguese war communiques, and increasing guerilla pressure.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive