The Republic of Guinea's ambassador Abdoulaye Toure called at the United Nations on Tuesday for an immediate meeting of the Security Council, charging that Portugal was plotting imminent military aggression against Guinea.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: AMBASSADOR TOURE: "We have the honour to inform you that our security services have intercepted today details of conversations between foreign navy units and two other headquarters of the Portuguese colonial army mentioning an imminent attack against the Republic of Guinea by portugal. Firstly, against the main frontier points (Gayal, Gundara), especially the villages of Foulimoiri, Sufan, Soutemoure and Niceira. Secondly, the zone of Conakry.
"The aim of the invasion would be to free mercenaries and other agents held in Guinea. I ask therefore, for the Secretary General of the United Nations, to summon an urgent meeting of the Security Council to take all necessary measures. We have alerted all our posts to defend ourselves immediately against any aggression: signed Sekou Toure.
"Chairman, I told you we are not moved by panic but by a perment concern that the task of the Security Council be to maintain peace and international security, and assure the protection, according to the Charter, of the territorial integrity, of a member state, in this case the Republic of Guinea."
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N.B. The names of frontier points and villages mentioned were garbled and are transcribed phonetically as far as was possible.)
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Background: The Republic of Guinea's ambassador Abdoulaye Toure called at the United Nations on Tuesday for an immediate meeting of the Security Council, charging that Portugal was plotting imminent military aggression against Guinea.
The 15-nation Council held an emergency session on Wednesday, and decided to dispatch a fact-finding team of three ambassadors to the area.
It was the second time in only a few weeks that the Council had decided to send a fact-finding team to an African state because of complaints against Portugal.
Last month the Council took similar action after Senegal accused Portugal of aggression.
The following is an extract from Ambassador Toure's complaint to the Council. The film is supplied by the United Nations.