SEmbaló recalled that 50 years ago, when the 25th of April took place, the “Guinean people in struggle – led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) of Amílcar Cabral – had already unilaterally proclaimed their own national independence, its own State” and this “relevant historical event” on September 24, 1973, was recognized “by a large majority” of UN members.

“The evocation of the Portuguese Revolution of the 25th of April immediately calls for a joint reflection on the national liberation struggles of our peoples”, said Embaló, highlighting the occurrence of “two historical processes that intersected”.

These two processes, he said, “had the same aspiration in common”, freedom and national liberation, so it was “not surprising that a strategic convergence — between the fighters against the Empire and the fighters against the dictatorship – began to gain, little by little, greater density, greater strength”.

Sissoco Embaló was speaking in Lisbon during the session commemorating the 50th anniversary of April 25, 1974, which was attended by heads of state from Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and Timor-Leste.

“The collective memory of our people holds an unshakable certainty: the revolution of April 25, 1974, ended the war”, he also highlighted, recalling that it began in Angola, spread to Guinea and, later, to Mozambique.

“In fact, ending the war was the primary purpose that animated the Captains of April”, and “it was, without a doubt, an unforgettable historical feat”, he declared.

It was also the 25th of April, he said, that “opened the way for the implementation of the concept of decolonization enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations”, recalling, however, that, despite the “success of April”, “it was still necessary to overcome resistance”, illustrated by the fact that Portugal only officially proclaimed the principle of self-determination for its former colonies “on July 27, 1974 – three months after the April 25 revolution”.

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