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    THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF MALTA, SIR MAURICE DORMAN, TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED IN VALLETTA THAT HE STOOD "FOUR SQUARE" WITH THE PEOPLE OF MALTA IN THEIR DISPUTE WITH BRITAIN OVER BRITISH PROPOSALS TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM THE ISLAND.

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    THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF MALTA, SIR MAURICE DORMAN, TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED IN VALLETTA THAT HE STOOD "FOUR SQUARE" WITH THE PEOPLE OF MALTA IN THEIR DISPUTE WITH BRITAIN OVER BRITISH PROPOSALS TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM THE ISLAND. THE MALTESE FEAR THAT THE WITHDRAWALS WILL CAUSE LARGE-SCALE UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG PEOPLE EMPLOYED AT THE BRITISH BASE ON MALTA.

    SIR MAURICE'S STRONG STATEMENT BREAKING HIS SILENCE IN THE BITTER DISPUTE SURPRISED OFFICIALS. HE WAS APPOINTED GOVERNOR-GENERAL ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MALTESE GOVERNMENT IN 1964, WHEN THE ISLAND ACHIEVED INDEPENDENCE WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS. SIR MAURICE IS ANSWERABLE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH, WHO IS ALSO QUEEN OF MALTA, BUT NOT TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

    BRITAIN PLANS TO CUT ITS TROOPS ON THE ISLAND BY TWO-THIRDS TO 1,500 MEN AS PART OF ITS CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE DEFENCE COSTS. MALTA FEARS THIS WILL LEAD TO THE DISMISSAL OF 6,000 MALTESE. SIR MAURICE DORMAN UNEXPECTED REBUKE OF BRITAIN CAME AS HE WAS ATTENDING AN ANNUAL CANDLEMASS CEREMONY AT WHICH THE PARISH PRIESTS OFFER CANDLES TO THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL AS SYMBOLS OF THEIR LOYALTY TO THE QUEEN.

    THIS MORNING SOMEONE STARTED A FIRE AGAINST THE DOOR OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN VALLETTA. IT WAS QUICKLY PUT OUT AND AN INQUIRY IS BEING HELD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EVXZYDUHCTIVN1IAKOS711S6
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EVXZYDUHCTIVN1IAKOS711S6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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