Malta's prime Minister Dom Mintoff was given a hero's welcome by thousands of cheering and chanting Maltose, when he flew home Saturday night (15 Jan.), after talks in Rome with British Defence Secretary Lord Carrington.
GV Aircraft on tarmac
SV Crowd shouting from building
SV Mintoff from aircraft, crowd cheers
SV Mintoff walks across tarmac surrounded by nowamen
SV PAN Crowd on airport building shouting
SV Mintoff walks to car, gets in and drives off
GTV Crowd round car.
AIRCRAFT ON TARMAC: CROWD SHOUTING: MINTOFF OFF AIRCRAFT AND CHEERED BY CROWD: MINTOFF WALKS TO CAR AS CROWD CONTINUES SHOUTING. MINTOFF IN CAR AND CAR AWAY AS CROWD SURROUNDS CAR.
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Background: Malta's prime Minister Dom Mintoff was given a hero's welcome by thousands of cheering and chanting Maltose, when he flew home Saturday night (15 Jan.), after talks in Rome with British Defence Secretary Lord Carrington.
The Prime Minister was mobbed by the banner-waving crowd--one of the largest over assembled at the airport--and police had to force a way for his ear. Although details of his talks with Lord Carrington on the Malta bases crisis have not been disclosed, the crowds in Valletta acclaimed Mr. Mintoff as a victor,
Before leaving Rome, the Prime Minister announced that he had lifted the ultimatum under which all British troops were ordered to leave the island. He said that he took the action because he sow the possibility of a new defence agreement with the British government.
Mr. Mintoff issued his ultimatum after Britain refored to meet his temend for a rental of 18 million sterling for the continued use of military bases on the island.