Statement on the Portuguese Invasion of Guinea (Conakry)

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
December 10, 1970
1 page
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal, United Nations
Language: English
The statement says Portuguese complicity in the recent invasion of Guinea and attempted overthrow of the government of the Republic of Guinea has not been demonstrated beyond all doubt and verified by a United Nations fact-finding mission. The statement says the U.N. Security Council has condemned the invasion; has labelled Portuguese colonialism a threat to the peace and security of independent African states; and has urged all nations to refrain from giving Portugal military assistance. The statement says in response to this U.N. decision, we call upon the United States - which unfortunately abstained on the vote - to end immediately all military ties to Portugal; as American citizens, we protest in the most vigorous terms the continuing assistance given by our government to Portugal, a colonial power which is attaching independent African states in a last attempt to preserve its empire. The statement says the character of the invading force is made clear not just by eye-witness accounts, but also by the more than 100 prisoners taken by the Guinea defenders; it was led by units of Portuguese armed forces. The statement says the invasion must be seen as a major thrust in Portugal's attempt to maintain colonial rule in Africa; African liberation movements no pin down some 150,000 Portuguese troops in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau; in Guinea-Bissau, two-thirds of the country is controlled by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). The statement says the Portuguese-led invasion did not destroy the PAIGC headquarters in Conakry, but the leadership was away; it also raised President Toure's summer home when he was thought to be there, but he escaped. The statement discusses NATO, the Military Assistance Program, the Portuguese Navy, training programs, and destroyer escorts.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive