The chiefs of the six Western Aden protectorate states - Beihan, Audhali, Fadhli, Dhala, Upper Aulaqi and Lower Yafa - formally inaugurated the new Federation of Arab Amirates of the South, Feb. 11, in the presence of the British Colonies' Minister, Mr.
LV Member of Council speaking.
SV Mr. Lennox-Boyd speaking.
LV Spectators applaud.
CU Signing of treaty.
SV Sheikhs signing.
CU Sheiks signing.
LV Government guards receive new hats.
SV Ditto receive new badges.
SV New National Guard fires salute.
SCU The Union Jack; old Protectorate flag, new Federation flag.
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Background: The chiefs of the six Western Aden protectorate states - Beihan, Audhali, Fadhli, Dhala, Upper Aulaqi and Lower Yafa - formally inaugurated the new Federation of Arab Amirates of the South, Feb. 11, in the presence of the British Colonies' Minister, Mr. Lennox-Boyd, and Aden Governor, Sir William Luce.
This colourful ceremony was held at Champion Lines, headquarters of the Western Aden Protectorate security forces, the Government Guards.
Before the signing thousands of people took up vantage points, including the roofs of nearby buildings.
1,500 guests attended the signing which was preceded by a 14-gun salute. The chiefs' spokesman, Sultan Ahmad Bin Abdulla, said that lack of unity would have meant the weakness of their country in the modern world. The Federation was created by the people and it was the chiefs who had drawn up the constitution. He appealed to all South of Arabia patriots to seek such unity and said the Federation would leave the door open for any ??? the region wishing to join it.
The chiefs then signed the constitution, took an oath of allegiance and signed a new treaty with Britain under which the British Government promises military and financial aid to help the Federation to in complete independence.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd said the Queen sent her good wishes and prayers; the Federation was in no way a threat to any other country, it came into existence by the will of the people so that they might pool their resources to bring greater security and prosperity to the region.
Saying that however peaceful in aims the Federation must defend itself, Mr. Lennox-Boyd announced that the British Government would hand over the Government Guards to the new Federation. In future these troops will be known as the national Guard of the Federation.
After the election of a Council of Ministers the Guards fired a mass volley.
Aden Protectorate has been the object of attack from several neighbouring Arab territories. Last year these offensive activities reached a climax and British troops and RAF bombers, strengthening the Government Guards, carried out sorties in the mountainous border regions.