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    LEADERS OF MALTA'S POLITICAL PARTIES ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) FOR TOMORROW'S MEETING WITH MR.?

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    LEADERS OF MALTA'S POLITICAL PARTIES ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) FOR TOMORROW'S MEETING WITH MR. DUNCAN SANDYS, BRITAIN'S COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, WHO IS TO ARBITRATE IN THE DISPUTE CONCERNING THE ISLAND'S CONSTITUTION AFTER INDEPENDENCE NEXT YEAR.

    AFTER AN ABORTIVE CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE IN THE SUMMER, MR. SANDYS SETTLED ON MAY 31, 1064, AS THE DATE FOR INDEPENDENCE IN THE HOPE THAT THIS WOULD FORCE THE PARTIES TO RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES.

    HOWEVER DIFFERENCES IN THE PARTIES ARE SO ACUTE THAT NO SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN AGREED ON AND SO THE POLITICAL LEADERS WERE SUMMONED TO LONDON.

    THE DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS SPLIT THREE WAYS. DR. BORG OLIVIER, THE PRIME MINISTER WITH 25 SEATS IN PARLIAMENT, WANTS TO SAFEGUARD THE ROLE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ON ATTAINING INDEPENDENCE WOULD JOIN THE COMMONWEALTH AND FOLLOW PRO-WESTERN POLITICS.

    MR. MINTOFF, LABOUR PARTY LEADER, WITH 18 SEATS, WANTS TO ELIMINATE THE CHURCH'S INFLUENCE IN POLITICS.

    THE THREE OTHER OPPOSITION PARTIES, WITH A TOTAL OF 9 SEATS BETWEEN THEM, ARE IN VARYING DEGREES AGAINST INDEPENDENCE YET.

    IN LONDON TODAY WERE LEADERS OF THE PARTIES: MR. TONI PELLEGRINI, OF THE CHRISTIAN WORKERS' PARTY; MABEL STRICKLAND, OF THE LABOUR PARTY; AND PRIME MINISTER, DR. BORG OLIVIER, THE NATIONALIST PARTY LEADER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA136EK1U0KUQTINSAMG6RBGIMN
    Media URN:
    VLVA136EK1U0KUQTINSAMG6RBGIMN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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