The Maltese Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff, has mat with his cabinet to discuss Britain's?
The Maltese Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff, has mat with his cabinet to discuss Britain's offer for the continued use of the Mediterranean island by NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He's expected to announce his decision to the Maltese Parliament on Monday (16 August). In spite of the decision on Friday (13 August) to transfer NATO'S Mediterranean naval headquarters from Malta, the alliance is still vitally interested in maintaining exclusive rights to the island's air and naval facilities.
SYNOPSIS: The Maltese Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff, has met with his cabinet here in Valetta to discus Britain's offer for continued use of the Mediterranean island by NATO, the North Atlantic treaty Organisation. Although NATO announced on Friday that it would move its Mediterranean headquarters from the island, the Atlantic Alliance still wants exclusive use of the island's military facilities. This Greek landing craft is a small part of the use to which these facilities are put. Ships from many NATO fleets pass through Valetta regularly.
On Friday, Britain reportedly offered a package deal to Mr. Mintoff which alm doubles its financial payments to Malta in exchange for the use of its military facilities. The new agreement would meat that Britain and some of the NATO allied would pay five million pounds Sterling a year in cash. Britain would also contribute a further three-and-a-half million Pounds Sterling in a development aid grant. Mr. Mintoff's reaction is expected on Monday when he addresses Parliament.
NATO headquarters focuses the alliance activities on the island. Britain spend some 13 million Pounds Sterling on defence annually here and doesn't want full withdrawal.