The Chief Minister of the Seychelles, Mr. James Mancham and several of his Ministers are?
Kenyan Foreign Minister (left) Dr. Mungai shakes hands with mr. H. James Mancham who introduces his Ministers
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"To return to the Seychelles our main task initially would be to endeavour to promote a situation of national re-unification -- I believe that with independence coming we stand a fair chance of achieving this then we would like to have the constitution confirmed in autumn 1975. We had to decide whether in a world like we saw it a small unit like the Seychelles with 92 small islands lost in a very vast area of the Indian Ocean could really and squarely achieve meaningful independence.
Therefore we were not eagar to jump into the ocean of the unknown. We therefore wanted time to think and to see how things would go in a world which was ever changing that our aspirations were as much in common with our situation as was practicable. There was never any doubt about it. But the Opposition party felt that we should move quicker towards independence. We felt this was a matter that had to be decided taking into account our economic, political and social circumstances. We thought it was a matter for us the people of the islands, to decide and that we should not be subjected to undue pressure in so far as the timing of this question is concerned. We feel that if there were to be a conflict around our waters between the big powers we would ultimately suffer from it. Therefore our view must be that we should pursue a policy whereby none of our islands are made use of for the purpose of bases etc."
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Background: The Chief Minister of the Seychelles, Mr. James Mancham and several of his Ministers are in Kenya for talks with the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Dr. Njoroge Mungai.
On Friday (31 May) the talks centred on the present economic, political and social position of the group of 92 small islands far out in the Indian Ocean.
Mr. Mancham, whose Democratic Party was re-elected in April by a large majority, explained the Seychelles' progress towards independence scheduled for 1975.
He also gave an assurance that none of the islands would be used as military bases -- a sensitive point following the gradual build up of "Big Power" naval strength in the Indian Ocean.