Conclusions of the Report of the United Nations Security Council Special Mission to the Republic of Guinea established under Resolution 289 (1970), December 3, 1970

by United Nations, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
December 1970
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
2 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Poland, United Nations
Language: English
Reprint by the American Committee on Africa of the conclusions in the report of the United Nations Security Council Special Mission to the Republic of Guinea. The report says from the information received and the observation made by the Special Mission during its visit to Guinea an outline of the events of 22-23 November 1970 clearly emerges; during the night between 21 and 22 November a navel force appeared off the coast of Conakry; it consisted of two troop-carrying ships described as being of the type known as LST during the Second World War, as well as three or four smaller patrol boats. The report says in the early hours of 22 November troops were taken ashore in a number of motor boats; the strength of the invading force seems to have been between 350-400 men. The report says the force split into several groups; some of the groups were assigned to strategic points in Conakry, such as army camps, the airport, and the electric power station; one group demolished the summer resident of the President of the Republic of Guinea, while another made an abortive attempt to assault the presidential palace; the headquarters of the PAIGC was also attacked. The report says the invaders occupied an army camp in which Guineans imprisoned for activities directed against the government, as well as Portuguese captured in fighting with the PAIGC, were being held; the prisoners were released, some of them, among the Portuguese prisoners, were apparently taken back to the ships. The report says the Special Mission has reached the considered opinion that the ships used to transfer the invading force to Guinea waters were manned by predominately white Portuguese troops and commanded by white officers; the force consisted of units of the Portuguese armed forces, mainly African troops from Guinea (Bissau) under the command of the regular white Portuguese officers, as well as a contingent of diffident Guineans trained and armed on the territory of Guinea (Bissau).
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive