• Short Summary

    THE DELEGATION OF THE MALTA LABOUR PARTY, LED BY MR DOM MINTOFF, BOYCOTTED THE FINAL PLENARY SESSION OF THE MALTA CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE AT MARLBOROUGH HOUSE, IN LONDON, TODAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

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    GV ST ERMIN'S HOTEL
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    LV INT..PRESSMAN SEATED AT CONFERENCE
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    3CU REPORTER.

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    LV PRESS CONFERENCE
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    CU MINTOFF SPEAKS SOFIN..WE HAVE HAD LONG SEPARATE TALKS... SOF ENDS...UNDER THE CHURCH'S UMBRELLA.
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    TRANSCRIPT: MR MINTOFF: "WE HAVE HAD LONG, SEPARATE TALKS WITH MR DUNCAN SANDYS. ALTHOUGH HE IS NOT SLOW IN DISCLOSING HIS PERSONAL SYMPATHY HE SEEMS TO BE AFRAID TO TAKE DECISIONS WHICH WOULD DISPLEASE THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY IN MALTA.



    HIS CONTENTION THAT HE WOULD NOT LIKE TO IMPOSE ON THE MALTESE PEOPLE A CONSTITUTION FASHIONED BY HIMSELF IS SO MUCH EYEWASH. WE ARE ONLY INSISTING ON THE INTRODUCTION OF MEASURES WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE IN MALTA EVER SINCE THE BRITISH LANDED IN 1800.



    MOREOVER, IN ALMOST ALL CASES, THE RESTRICTIONS ON INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY WERE ORIGINALLY IMPOSED BY THE COLONIAL OFFICE ITSELF IN ORDER TO CURRY FAVOUR WITH THE POWERFUL PRIEST POLITICIANS. MR DUNCAN SANDYS HAS REFUSED TO GIVE US ASSURANCES ON THE MOST VITAL ASPECTS OF THE FUTURE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS OF MALTA. HE HAS INSTEAD TRIED TO DELAY FOUR TIMES WHILE PROPOSING THAT A REFERENDUM SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY HELD IN MALTA TO DISCOVER WHETHER THE MALTESE PEOPLE REALLY WANT INDEPENDENCE.



    TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY WE PROPOSES THAT THIS REFERENDUM SHOULD BE HELD IN THE SAME MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERE AS THAT PREVAILING DURING THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION. IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THERE WAS NO OPTION FOR THE LABOUR PARTY DELEGATION BUT TO WALK OUT AND LEAVE THE GROUND FREE FOR MR DUNCAN SANDYS TO PLAY POLITICS WITH THE DELEGATIONS WHICH BOAST OF SHELTERING UNDER THE CHURCH'S UMBRELLA.




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    Background: THE DELEGATION OF THE MALTA LABOUR PARTY, LED BY MR DOM MINTOFF, BOYCOTTED THE FINAL PLENARY SESSION OF THE MALTA CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE AT MARLBOROUGH HOUSE, IN LONDON, TODAY (THURSDAY).

    IT BECAME ABUNDANTLY CLEAR DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS THAT THERE WAS AN IRREVOCABLE GAP BETWEEN THE PARTIES LED BY MR MINTOFF AND DR.BORG OLIVIER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAA7UUHFMNXLHD4WBJNKVFWUZH
    Media URN:
    VLVAAA7UUHFMNXLHD4WBJNKVFWUZH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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