Burundi's Foreign Minister, M. Artemon Simbananiye has called for the expulsion of Portugal from the?
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Background: Burundi's Foreign Minister, M. Artemon Simbananiye has called for the expulsion of Portugal from the United Nations, because of "grave crimes" against people in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, (2 October), M. Simbananiye said that with the proclamation of Guinea-Bissau's independence, "the presence of a single Portuguese soldier is now an infraction against an independent sovereign state."
Burundi has recognised the independence of Guinea Bissau -- a Portuguese territory -- proclaimed last month by the nationalist guerrilla movement; African Party for the Liberation of Guinea and Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC).
Mr. Simbananiye paid tribute to the leader of the independence movement in Guinea Bissau, Amilcar Cabral, who was killed recently.
SYNOPSIS: Burundi's Foreign Minister, M. Artamon Simbananiye has called for the expulsion of Portugal from the United Nations. Mr. Simbananiye addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
The Foreign Minister paid tribute to the leader of the nationalist movement in Guinea Bissau -- Amilcar Cabral -- who was Willed recently. He was President of the African Party for the Liberation of Guinea and Cape Verde Islands: PAIGC.
Burundi's demand for the explosion of Portugal from the U.N. follows what M. Simbananiye called "grave crimes" against the people of Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau.
He described Portuguese colonialism as a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations.
Burundi has recognised Guinea-Bissau as independent since the PAIGC declared it an independent republic last month.