The leader of Malta's opposition Nationalist Party has criticised a pact the Maltese government signed with Italy last Wednesday (17 September) in which Malta agreed not to join any alliance in return for italian aid.
GV ZOOM SV Bus parked near to a horse and cart in central Valletta, Malta.
GV PAN Crowds waving flags and cheering at rally.
CU Crowds in front of flags.
SCU Leader of the Opposition Nationalist Party Fenech Adami of podium.
SV Doctor Adami speaking to rally and crowd applauds.
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Background: The leader of Malta's opposition Nationalist Party has criticised a pact the Maltese government signed with Italy last Wednesday (17 September) in which Malta agreed not to join any alliance in return for italian aid. Fenech Adami told a rally in the capital, Valletta, on Sunday (21 September) that the Socialist government had placed grave restrictions of Malta's sovereignty.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Adami told crowds gathered for the country's independence day rally in the capital that the agreement threatened malta's independence. Under the pact Rome will provide twenty five million dollars, mostly in the form of loans and technical aid and an annual grant of more than six million dollars on the understanding that Malta remains a neutral country. Malta has also agreed not to provide docking facilities for Soviet or American warships or to allow foreign troops to land on the island. Italy has agreed to hold talks with Malta should the island government consider its neutrality threatened. Mr. Adami said he welcomed to country moving closer to the democratic countries of Europe but claimed it had only come about because of Malta's poor economy. The government, he said, had sold rights Malta won with its independence in 1964. His party, he added, would defend those rights.