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    France and the Malagasy Republic began negotiations on Thursday (25 January) to revise the cooperation agreements which have linked them since 1960.

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    France and the Malagasy Republic began negotiations on Thursday (25 January) to revise the cooperation agreements which have linked them since 1960.

    At the opening of the talks at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, Malagasy Foreign Minister Captain Didier Ratsiraka said his government was determined to negotiate full sovereignty in the economic, military, cultural and monetary fields.

    French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann, on the other hand, urged the maintenance of the 1960 agreements as a basis to further accords. We said relations between the two countries would be risked if this was not done.

    The 1960 agreements, which came into force when the Malagasy Republic became independent from France, primarily covered economic, financial and military aid form France, which retained military bases on the island.

    The Malagasy Republic now wants to establish greater real independence from France, which has great power within the Malagasy economy.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Quai d'Orsay in Paris on Thursday a series of negotiations between France and the Malagasy Republic opened. The Malagasy delegation, led by Foreign Minister Didier Ratsiraka, is pressing for a complete new set of accords covering economic, military, cultural and monetary fields.

    French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann told the meeting that unless new agreements were based on the 1960 accords -- which came into force when the Malagasy Republic became independent form France -- relations between the two countries might be at stake. Foreign Minister Ratsiraka pointed out that the Malagasy Republic wants to establish greater independence from France, which now has great power within the Malagasy economy, and military bases on the island.

    These talks are but one of a series France is holding with its former colonies to work out a basis for future relationships

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7DYTV4XW27VRCJ539ETW5XLP5
    Media URN:
    VLVA7DYTV4XW27VRCJ539ETW5XLP5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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