Resolution on Portugal
by Americans for Democratic Action
Washington, DC, United States
Resolution circulated for signatures to members of American for Democratic Action in December 1971 that “oppose[s] all cooperation with Portugal of a military, economic, or political nature until the people of Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands have achieved independence.” The resolution says the $436.5 million executive agreement with Portugal concluded on December 9, 1971 is a major mistake that violates the principle of self-determination in Africa. The resolution says the funds from the Export-Import Bank and PL 480 program will strengthen Portuguese war-making capability in Africa. It also opposes the open-ended commitment to provide Portugal with "non-military excess equipment," which will furnish troop support materiel gratis and also enable Portugal to buy military equipment for use in Africa with funds that it otherwise would have had to use to purchase non-military equipment. The resolution says U.S. grant military aid to Portugal should be suspended and an arms embargo imposed on all shipments of arms, defoliants, and potential military equipment from the U.S. to Portugal. The resolution says Portugal agreed to continue to permit the U.S. to use its Azores Islands bases until February 3, 1974.
Collection: Carole Collins Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections