The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«February 1985»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


60. Soares Agrees to Take Steps against the MNR in Portugal; S. African Fishing Boat Intercepted

Mário Soares

Above : Portuguese prime minister Mário Soares (Photo © Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia Commons).

The Portuguese Prime Minister, Mário Soares, confirmed to the Mozambican foreign minister, Joaquim Chissano, that his government would take steps to put an end to subversive activities by MNR representatives in Portugal; this had been a bone of contention between the two countries for several months, and the five Lusophone African countries had started to join Mozambique in putting pressure on Lisbon to act.

The Soviet Union recalled around 40 of its nationals working in various development aid projects, and several western countries also pulled their citizens back to safer localities after a wave of MNR attacks targeting foreigners.

The fishing boat "Jolly Dolphin" was intercepted near Inhaca Island after radioing for help with alleged engine problems. The boat carried a crew of ten. Newspaper reports did not mention any security aspects of the incident, one of a series of violations of Mozambique's territorial waters by small South African boats.


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