The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 25, 1975 · Page 12
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12 / DCS MOINCS REGISTER • Mon., Aug. 25, 1978 Portugal president denies support for Goncal ves By MIGUEL ACOCA LISBON, PORTUGAL President Francisco da Costa Gomes Sunday night withdrew a statement issued earlier by his office saying that embattled pro-Communist Premier Vasc< Conceives should stay in office for the time being. The statement appeared t have been a sudden about-faci by the president, who until Sun day had made it clear that he backed a dissident coalition o anti-Communist officers threat ening a military uprising unless Goncalves is replaced by Tues day with a moderate pro-West ern Socialist. The president's order said the communique no longer is valic and forbade any commentary on what it had said. Hadn't Heard of It In withdrawing the commu nique, Costa Gomes said he had not been informed of its contents by the military's propaganda service, which issued it The propaganda service consistently has backed Goncalves in the power struggle. Costa Gomes only last Wednesday referred to Goncalves' government as one that could be expected to last only few days. In the disavowed commu- nique, Costa Gomes was quoted as saying that the power struggle between rival factions will be decided by the 240-member Armed Forces Assembly, dominated by a minority favoring Goncalves. By making the assembly the final arbiter of the dispute, Costa Gomes apparently would have avoided an armed confrontation between rival military factions. The assembly is the legislature of the Armed Forces Move ment, composed of the officers and men who deposed the right- wing 'dictatorship 16 months ago. 12-Hour Meeting . The report of the 1 decision to back Goncalves and drop the anti-Communist coalition of moderate and radical Utopian Marxists followed a 12-hour meeting Saturday between Goncalves and his -opponents with Costa Gomes. Until the conference at Belem presidential palace, — Costa Gomes had made 'it clear that he was siding with the dissidents and supported, their bid to replace Goncalves. At the emotional confrontation the president attempted to persuade the factions to reconcile differences in order to maintain a united movement at a time of political and economic crisis and an upsurge of anti-Communist violence in the conservative north. He also reminded participants that the country faces civil war in Angola, the rich African colony where 24,000 Portuguese troops . are stationed, another civil war in the Southeast Asian island of Timor, and a virulent anti-Commu nist independence movement in the Azores islands, sources said. Rival factions had claimed strong military support for their positions, but the anti- Communist coalition split overnight when it could not agree on a platform. The Utopian Marxists wanted to emphasize direct democracy with peoples' assemblies linked to the Armed Forces Movement, while the Socialists demanded that their views be dominant in order to attract Western investment and U.S. Goncalves, however, presented a program incorporating not only the moderate views of the dissident Socialist officers but also the concept of the Utopian Marxists. Spinola Speaks Meanwhile, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, former President An- tonjo de Spinola said his new "resistance and combat" movement is operating in Portugal with the goal of replacing the regime with a democratic government. ^ The 64-year-old exiled general told the Associated Press that the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Portugal is financed by "good Portuguese around the world." He said that when the confrontation comes, unless Costa Gomes turns over power peacefully, violence will be used to oust him. Goncalves' platform will be presented to the next Armed Forces Assembly meeting. 1 could not be learned, however when the meeting will take place. At its last session, the assembly approved a three-gen eral ruling triumvirate, which includes the president, the pre mier and Gen. Otelo Carvalho head of COPCON, the security command. Timor refugee station bombed MACAO (AP) - A repor Sunday from Portuguese Timo said mortar and grenade ex plosions hit an area when more than 1,000 refugees wen awaiting evacuation from the capita] city of Dili. There wa no information on casualties, but the territorial .governor ap- oealed for international intervention. "This is an SOS," Gov. Lemos Pires said in the message. "I am tired of seeing people dying, especially women and children." He said Immediate intervention of international forces is necessary to avoid more bloodshed. 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