Even before the coup in Portugal there were indications that all three liberation movements intended to sharply increase their terrorist activities. After the coup they realised that they had to expand their power as far as possible in order to increase their influence in the negotiations. For each of them it was important that the warfare, even in the interim, continued and therefore rejected Spinola’s recommendations of a cease fire and referendum. There were understandably distrust in the sincerity of Portugal’s decolonisation plans. Therefore the counterclaim was firstly recognition of independence, then a cease fire.
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