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dated July 28, 1954: Lisbon goes to NATO

Portugal on July 26 protested at a secret meeting of the council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Paris against what it called an "Indian threat" to the Portuguese possessions in India. These consist of about 1,500 square miles of territory on the mainland of India's west coast together with the island of Angediva. Senor De Magalhaes, the permanent Portuguese representative at NATO, reported two cases of alleged violation by "agents of India" of Portuguese territory. The representatives of the other NATO nations listened but made no comment. The NATO official spokesman declined to comment and was not prepared to admit that the question had been raised. Before reporting the situation to NATO, Portugal asked Britain for aid in case "agents of the Indian Government" attempted acts of violence against Portuguese India. According to Paris sources, the British Foreign Office said it would not be able to act in the circumstances referred to by Lisbon. It was after this London rebuttal that Lisbon decided to bring the matter to the notice of NATO.

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