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    A personal representative of United Nations Secretary General U Thant is in Bahrain to discuss the future of the Arabian Gulf Sheikhdom.

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    A personal representative of United Nations Secretary General U Thant is in Bahrain to discuss the future of the Arabian Gulf Sheikhdom.

    The U.N. envoy, Mr Vittorio Winspeare Guicciardi, was met by the President of Bahrain's Council, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Sulman Al Khalifa, on his arrival Monday (March 30).

    Bahrain is the subject of a dispute between Britain and Iran, which has a claim over the British-protected state.

    (U Thant announced Saturday (March 28) that Iran and Britain had jointly requested him to use his good offices to settle their differences over Bahrain and he had asked Mr Guicciardi, Under-Secretary-General and Director General of the U.N. office in Geneva, to make an on-the-spot study of the situation.)
    Mr Guicciardi said on arrival that he would try to ascertain as far as possible the wishes of Bahrain's 200,000 people on their future. He said an office would be set up in a Bahrain hotel to which people would have access to give their views. He would also meet people in outlying towns and centres.

    The issue of Bahrain's future arose because Britain, who looks after the Sheikhdom's defence and foreign relations, has announced its intention of withdrawing from the Sheikhdom and the Arabian Gulf by the end of next year.

    The question to be decided is whether Bahrain's link with Britain should end after the British withdrawal or whether she should become associated with or part of Iran.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Y41CHGKDRDFBBX82C5Q6K5HM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Y41CHGKDRDFBBX82C5Q6K5HM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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