The United Nations General Assembly agreed to recognise Guinea-Bissau as a sovereign state on Friday (2 November).
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MAURITIAN DELEGATE: "First of all, on behalf of the sixty-five sponsors of the resolution which the General Assembly has just adopted, I wish to express our dean gratitude and appreciation to all those members who have expressed and registered their firm support for an unyielding solidarity with the people of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde."
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TRANSCRIPTION OF THE MAURITIAN DELEGATES' REMARKS THANKING THE DELEGATES ON BEHALF OF THE SPONSORS OF THE RESOLUTION.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly agreed to recognise Guinea-Bissau as a sovereign state on Friday (2 November). A resolution sponsored by 63 members welcomed the independence of the "Republic of Guinea-Bissau", and condemned Portugal for its "illegal occupation" of the country.
Ninety-three nations belonging toe the non-aligned and Communists blocs, voted for the resolution; thirty, including France and most of the West European countries abstained. The United States and Britain were among the seven countries voting against.
On September 24, the leaders of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands proclaimed the Portuguese territory's independence in a jungle clearing near the tiny villages of Median do Boe. Immediately afterwards, the P.A.I.G.C. sent a message to the Untied Nations, claiming that as result, the Portuguese colonists had become "foreign aggressors against our people".
During the debate, the British delegate told the Assembly that factually and objectively, Guinea-Bissau was not an independent and sovereign state. When the Untied Nations based its legal judgement on "wishful thinking", he added, the real consulate were international law and the U.N. itself.