About The Transfer To Portugal Of The Remains Of Military Personnel Killed In The War Overseas And The Dignity Of The Sites And Cemeteries In Which Are Buried

Original Language Title: Sobre a transladação para Portugal dos restos mortais dos militares mortos na Guerra do Ultramar e a dignificação dos talhões e cemitérios em que se encontram sepultados

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Partido Popular Party CDS-PP Parliamentary Group Assembly of the Republic-Palace of Saint Benedict-1249-068 Lisboa-Phone: 21 391 9233-Fax: 21 391 7456 Email: gp_pp@pp.parlamento.pt DRAFT RESOLUTION No. 527/X About the transfer to Portugal of the remains of military personnel killed in the war overseas thousands of Portuguese Portugal fought overseas. A war that still today holds open wounds between Portuguese, and between political power and numerous ex-combatants. We don't want to contribute to this tension and that is why we kept, over the years, a role promoter of dialogue and not confrontation, supportive of bridges between the Defense Ministry and those whose living conditions have deteriorated further since the war in Africa.

According to the League of Combatants, which has done a thorough job, looking for never leave the families of those who died in Africa, Portugal suffered during the war, between 1961 and 1975, about 9500 casualties. Nearly half are buried in the combat zones. Are the military 3715 have been the target of actions of location and identification, and the League of Combatants calculated that, in Angola and Mozambique, are approximately of 3000 fighters buried in Guinea-Bissau near 800 and that 40 percent of the metropolitan and 60% of recruitment recruitment site.

This map, it is necessary to clarify that there are cases in which you know the locations of the bodies buried, and others whose whereabouts are unknown. Known locations, the military is identified and not identified, and in both cases there are graves of soldiers of the metropolitan and local recruitment recruitment.

Of the approximately 4000 military personnel whose remains are found in the territories, the majority is in cemeteries unworthy and in a State of disrepair. Some are currently waste dump sites, in other cases there are building houses on top of the graves and the opening of roads, in addition to the problems of trafficking in gravestones and bones.

The scenario does not credit the memory of those who served Portugal. Only adds to the tension of the environment between their families and the Portuguese State which once served. Portugal has a duty to make every effort to honour their soldiers who, in the line of your duty, died away from your country and their families.

Want the Combatants want the civic movement of ex-combatants, these promoters of a petition to Parliament which gathered more than 12000 signatures, have made a highly creditable when it comes to this topic as sensitive.

Therefore, and taking into account the special importance to your dignity of Portugal and national defence and on behalf of all those who died for the country, the Parliament recommends the Government: 1. Support with human resources, financial and technical-the work of the League of combatants and of civil society movements to continue the work on the ground in recovering your cemeteries and sites until the objectives are completed;

2. Put national objective of national defence monitoring of this work, as well as facilitate, when possible, the return of the remains of the military and their families, Portugal dignificando-if the State and the collective memory of the Portuguese.

São Bento Palace, July 2009 3 Members