Amilcar Cabral addressing the Special Committee of 24

Amilcar Cabral addressing the Special Committee of 24

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by UN Photo by Y. Nagata
Guinea
April 10, 1972
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea
Coverage outside Africa: United Kingdom
Language: English
The United Nations Special Committee of 24 on decolonization held a series of meetings in Africa. Amilcar Cabral, Secretary-General of the Partido Africano Independencia da Guinea e Cabo Verde (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) (PAIGC), made a statement before the Committee. The PAIGC was the liberation movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Cabral, one of the foremost leaders of the struggle for independence in Africa, was assassinated on January 20, 1973. The armed struggle against Portuguese colonialism continued, and on September 24, 1973, the PAIGC declared Guinea-Bissau independent. The following month the UN General Assembly passed a resolution welcoming the new state and condemning Portugal's "illegal occupation" of Guinea-Bissau. Following a coup, the new Portuguese government recognized Guinea-Bissau's independence in 1974.
Collection: Southern Africa Committee photo archive