AT THE UNITED NATIONS: NEW STEPS FOR AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Undated, about October or a little late 1972
The report says this year, for the first time, representatives from African liberation movements in the white-ruled countries of Africa are appearing in the United Nations General Assembly as official observers. Also, a team representing the United Nations Decolonization Committee has visited in the liberated areas of Guinea (Bissau), which is still fighting for independence from Portugal. The Decolonization Committee approved a recommendation from this team that the liberation movement there be officially recognized as the only representative of the people of Guinea (Bissau). The report says the United States and other western powers can still stop African resolutions in the Security Council; the first U.S. veto was used to stop a resolution on Rhodesia last year. In late September, the Fourth (Political) Committee of the General Assembly approved a proposal that African liberation movements be given official observer status, in spite of opposition from Portugal, South Africa, and their western allies. The report says the guerrilla of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) have gained control over 80% of the country. The fighting continues because Portugal, with military support from its NATO allies, has no intention of withdrawing and granting the right of independence. The Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa (MACSA) is trying to let Americans know about what is going on in the African struggle for their self-determination. With the Afro-American Community Services Center and the Movement for Political and Economic Democracy, MACSA is trying to raise funds to support the medical and educational programs of the PAIGC.
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers