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Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 14:55 GMT


World: Europe

Portugal unhappy at China's Macau moves


The Portuguese president, Jorge Sampaio - who is in the Portuguese-administered enclave of Macau - has said he will not attend the ceremony handing the territory back to China unless questions about its future are resolved.

He said he would only attend the proceedings marking the end of four-hundred years of colonial rule if he could do so with pride.

Mr Sampaio described his visit to Macau as a success, but said he wanted China to explain its decision to send in an army garrison after the handover in December.

He said this was not part of the handover terms.

China has expressed concern over security in the territory, which has been hit by gang violence over the gambling industry.

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