• Short Summary

    RELATIONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND MALTA ARE NOW BACK TO NORMAL FOLLOWING THE DISPUTE OVER BRITISH PLANS TO WITHDRAW HER TROOPS FROM THE ISLAND.

  • Description

    RELATIONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND MALTA ARE NOW BACK TO NORMAL FOLLOWING THE DISPUTE OVER BRITISH PLANS TO WITHDRAW HER TROOPS FROM THE ISLAND. THE BRITISH AIRCRAFT CARRIER, H.M.S. HERMES, ENTERED MALTA'S GRAND HARBOUR TODAY (THURSDAY) BRINGING 2,000 SAILORS KEEN TO TASTE THE DELIGHTS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND.

    ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, THE HERMES WAS STANDING OFF THE ROCKY ISLAND OF MALTA A STAUNCH ALLY OF BRITAIN FOR 160 YEARS - TO EVACUATE BRITISH PERSONNEL IF NECESSARY. INSTEAD, HER ENTRY INTO MALTA'S HARBOUR WILL MEAN A GAIN OF SOMETHING LIKE GBP5,000 STERLING A NIGHT TO THE MALTESE ECONOMY.

    TOMORROW (FRIDAY), THE WIVES AND FAMILIES OF THE CREW OF THE 27,000-TON CARRIER WILL FLY IN TO MALTA FOR A HOLIDAY. DR. BORG OLIVIER, THE MALTESE PRIME MINISTER, SAID IN PARLIAMENT IN VALLETTA YESTERDAY THAT MALTA STILL MAINTAINED IT MUST BE SATISFIED THAT BRITAIN WAS ABLE TO DEFEND THE ISLAND IF NECESSARY.

    IN THE NEW ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN BRITAIN AND MALTA, THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'S MALTA HEADQUARTERS, DUE TO CLOSE THIS SUMMER, WILL STAY OPEN FOR ANOTHER YEAR. ONE INFANTRY BATTALION WILL STAY ON UNTIL 1971, AND BRITISH WARSHIPS WILL REMAIN UNTIL 1969.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1LA72AM72MIPMEA5WJ7RVSVD8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1LA72AM72MIPMEA5WJ7RVSVD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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