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    THE FORMER BRITISH COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. ANTHONY GREENWOOD, ARRIVED IN PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY)?

  • Description

    THE FORMER BRITISH COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. ANTHONY GREENWOOD, ARRIVED IN PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT THE HEAD OF A BRITISH DELEGATION TO THE ISLAND'S INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS NEXT TUESDAY (12 MARCH).

    PREPARATIONS FOR THE ARRIVAL HAVE BEEN CONSIDERABLY MODIFIED IN THE ISLAND'S CAPITAL SINCE THE DECISION ON THURSDAY BY LORD SHEPHERD, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, THAT PRINCESS ALEXANDRA SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE CELEBRATIONS. HE FELT THE ISLAND HAD NOT RETURNED TO NORMAL AFTER JANUARY'S INTER-COMMUNAL RIOTING.

    SO THERE WAS NO GUARD OF HONOUR. HOWEVER, AT THE AIRPORT TO GREET MR. GREENWOOD, HIS WIFE, AND OTHER OFFICIALS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WAS THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, SIR JOHN RENNIE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ISLAND'S PREMIER, SIR SEEWOOSAGUR RAMGOOLAM. THERE TOO WERE THE GOVERNOR'S AND THE PRIME MINISTER'S WIVES.

    THE LAST-MINUTE CANCELLATION OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRA'S VISIT HAS CAUSED GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT ON THE ISLAND. A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MAURITIAN GOVERNMENT AT THE TIME OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT FELT THAT CONCERN WAS UNNECESSARY, AND THAT ADEQUATE SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMME.

    THE CANCELLATION COMES AS A PERSONAL VICTORY FOR OPPOSITION LEADER GAETAN DUVAL, WHO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC WILL BOYCOTT THE CELEBRATIONS. HIS PARTY HAS OPPOSED INDEPENDENCE ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT WOULD BRING HARDSHIP AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATHER THAN PROSPERITY TO THE SMALL SUGAR-GROWING ISLAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HZI4MV9K0X0HSVTISVP06UUR
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HZI4MV9K0X0HSVTISVP06UUR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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