• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF MALTA ARE THIS WEEKEND CELEBRATING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THEIR SMALL GROUP OF MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS, AFTER EXACTLY 150 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE.

  • Description

    THE PEOPLE OF MALTA ARE THIS WEEKEND CELEBRATING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THEIR SMALL GROUP OF MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS, AFTER EXACTLY 150 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE. INDEPENDENCE BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER.

    AMONG THE MANY INTERNATIONAL VISITORS IN VALLETTA, MALTA, FOR THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS IS MR. DUNCAN SANDYS, THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND COLONIAL SECRETARY. HE WAS GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE GOVERNOR OF MALTA, SIR MAURICE DORMAN, WHO BECOMES GOVERNOR GENERAL, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, DR. BORG OLIVIER.

    THE INDEPENDENCE AGREEMENTS WERE NEGOTIATED BY DR. OLIVIER, WHOSE NATIONALIST PARTY HOLDS A SLENDER MAJORITY WITH 26 OUT OF THE 50 SEATS IN THE MALTESE PARLIAMENT. THE NATIONALISTS SAY THEY GOT THE BEST TERMS OF INDEPENDENCE POSSIBLE FROM BRITAIN, BUT THIS IS DISPUTED BY THE LABOUR PARTY, WITH 16 SEATS, WHICH EARLIER THREATENED TO BOYCOTT THE CELEBRATIONS.

    UNDER THE INDEPENDENCE AGREEMENT, BRITAIN CAN RETAIN ITS MILITARY BASE ON MALTA FOR ANOTHER TEN YEARS. OPPOSITIONAL LEADERS ARGUE THAT MALTA CAN BE INVOLVED IN A WAR BY BRITAIN'S USE OF THE BASE WITHOUT THE MALTESE PEOPLE BEING CONSENTED.

    THE LABOUR PARTY HAS CALLED ON LABOUR SUPPORTERS TO TAKE PART IN TOMORROW'S (SUNDAY'S) PARADE IN VALLETTA, FOLLOWED BY THE FLAG RAISING CEREMONY, BUT ASKED THEM TO HOIST MALTESE FLAGS AT HALF-MAST WITH BLACK BANDS AS A SIGN OF MOURNING.

    MALTA CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF BRITAIN IN 1814, AFTER THE MALTESE PEOPLE INVITED KING GEORGE THE THIRD OF BRITAIN TO RULE THEM FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON. FOR COUNTRIES EARLIER, THE ISLAND UNDER THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA, HAD BEEN THE MILITARY BASTION OF CHRISTENDOM AGAINST THE TURKISH MUSLIMS.

    THE POPULATION OF MALTA IS ABOUT 330,000. THE STATE RELIGION IS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, ROMAN CATHOLICISM. THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS COME AMID RELIGIOUS FESTIVITIES IN HONOUR OF LOCAL SAINTS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3HJT30NEPN97O6V6M05L5M3Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HJT30NEPN97O6V6M05L5M3Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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