Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff still hopes that negotiations ever British use of Maltese bases may soon be successfully concluded.
Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff still hopes that negotiations ever British use of Maltese bases may soon be successfully concluded. Yesterday (Wednesday), Mr. Mintoff flew to Rome for talks with Italian Premier Giulio Andreotti and Foreign Minister Aldo Moro.
Interviewed at the end of the first session of talks by Visnews cameraman Pino Giambattista, Mr. Mintoff hinted that negotiations had taken a turn for the better:
SYNOPSIS: An apparent breakthrough in the long-standing Malta deadlock. In Rome, Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff arrived on Wednesday for yet another round of talks on the future of British bases on Malta. The Italians, Britain's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, have throughout played an important part in negotiations.
Italian Foreign Minister Aldo More met Mr. Mintoff for the first round of talks. Later they were to be joined by Prime Minister Giulic Andreotti. Point at issue is still the annual rent for the Malta bases: Britain and NATO have offered fourteen million pounds; Mr. Mintoff wants four million more. But this time, he hinted, there was a chance of real progress.