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    MALTA IS TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT STATE BY NEXT MAY 31ST AT THE LATEST. THIS?

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    MALTA IS TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT STATE BY NEXT MAY 31ST AT THE LATEST. THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMONS BY MR. DUNCAN SANDYS, COMMONWEALTH AND COLONIAL SECRETARY TODAY (THURSDAY).

    MR. SANDYS WAS SPEAKING ONLY AN HOUR AFTER THE MALTA INDEPENDENCE CONFERENCE BEING HELD IN LONDON HAD ENDED. BUT HE ADDED: "IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO RECONCILE DIVERGENT VIEWS ON SEVERAL IMPORTANT ISSUES."
    HE WAS PRESUMABLY REFERRING TO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DELEGATES ON THE CHOICE BETWEEN MONARCHY AND REPUBLIC, THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM, THE STATUS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND COMMONWEALTH MEMBERSHIP.

    A PROPOSAL FOR A REFERENDUM HAD BEEN DROPPED BECAUSE OF THE PROBABILITY OF A BOYCOTT. THE LABOUR PARTY DELEGATION LED BY MR. DOM MINTOFF DID IN FACT BOYCOTT THE MEETING TODAY. THE DELEGATION SAID THAT WITHOUT THE PROMISE OF NEW ELECTIONS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE IT WAS FUTILE TO CONTINUE THE CONFERENCE.

    THE HOLDING OF THE LONDON CONFERENCE WAS A DECISION TAKEN BY THE MALTESE LEADERS THEMSELVES. MR. SANDYS MADE IT CLEAR FROM THE START THAT, WHILE AGREEING TO ACT AS CHAIRMAN, HE HAD NO WISH TO FORCE THROUGH ANY KIND OF SOLUTION. NOR WAS HE WILLING TO AGREE TO THE TRANSFER OF POWER IF IT APPEARED THAT THERE WERE SERIOUS DIVISIONS OF PRINCIPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8FE1MDMA1NI2O39LZ4NLV472J
    Media URN:
    VLVA8FE1MDMA1NI2O39LZ4NLV472J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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