The head of a U.N. Commission investigating alleged massacres in Mozambique said in London on?
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WARD: "The previous Pertuguese regime, of course, refused to cooperate with this Commission. Have you asked the new regime for cooperation?"
UPADHYAY: "Yes, we have."
WARD: "Have they answered?"
UPADHYAY: "No, not yet."
WARD: "Where exactly will you be going in your investigations?"
UPADHYAY: "We are going from here to Madrid, Rome, Tanzania, Zambia.
WARD: "Do you have any plans to go into Mozambique itself?"
UPADHYAY: "We have not ruled out the possibility of going there."
WARD: "Will the change of Government in Lisbon, do you think make the Commission's task any easier - the change of attitude?"
UPADHYAY: "I can't speculate at this moment, but I think there has been a change and we are hopeful that the Government might wish to cooperate."
WARD: "Do you have any idea at this moment exactly which of the several alleged atrocities you will be investigating. For example will Williyamu figure in your inquiries?"
UPADHYAY: "Naturally, Williyamu is going to figure but then I don't think we will be confined to Williyamu. We will in fact try to find out whatever atrocities have been committed in Mozambique, either in Williyamu or in other places."
WARD: "Would you consider inviting the new regime in Portugal to take part in the Commission, or has it already been set up to the point where they cannot be included?"
UPADHYAY: "There is no question of their being included or not, the question of cooperation on their side. The General Assembly as regarding to the Commission has requested them to cooperate with the Commission and their cooperation will be welcome."
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Background: The head of a U.N. Commission investigating alleged massacres in Mozambique said in London on Monday (13th May) that the new regime in Portugal may cooperate with the Commission's inquiries.
Mr. Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay, from Nepal, said he sensed a change of attitude to the Commission in Portugal since the new regime came to power. The commission, set up by the General Assembly in December 1973, will seek assistance from the Mozambique National Liberation Movement (Frelimo) in its investigation, as well as from other sources. Portugal has also been asked to assist the Commission.
Mr. Upadhyay was interviewed in London by Visnews reporter, Bill Ward. His visit to the U.K. came a few day after a fresh allegation of atrocities in Mozambique, made by one of five ??? missionaries stationed in inhamings. The missionary, father Jan Van ??? said Portuguese troops had bene regularly killing scores of Africans, up to March this year.
Missionaries were also responsible for allegations of a massacre in the village of Williyamu, which they said took place in December 1972. The missionaries alleged that 400 people were killed by Portuguese troops.
The Commission's investigation of the Williyamu massacre was discussed during the interview between Mr. Upadhyay and Bill Ward. The interview is transcribed below.