• Short Summary

    On Wednesday, (13 December) Malta celebrated its fourth anniversary as an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

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    On Wednesday, (13 December) Malta celebrated its fourth anniversary as an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

    SYNOPSIS: Malta, a garrison island in the Mediterranean for British troops since the Napoleonic Wars, has seen many changes since 1964. It was then that Malta signed its Independence Constitution, becoming a sovereign state. The Labour Government of Mr. Dom Mintoff came to power in 1971 and in 1974, Malta became a Republic.

    The precession marking the anniversary was watched from a balcony by President Anton Buttigieg. When the Labour Government came to power, the first thing they did was revoke the agreement covering British and NATO bases on the island. Negotiations fro higher rental fees failed and all British forces will be withdrawn by the end of March, next year.

    Since the NATO decision, Malta has sought aid from its Mediterranean neighbours including the oil rich Libyan Jamahiriyah, which is reported willing to help off-set Malta's losses in revenue. Prime Minister Mintoff also sought assistance from European countries, but it's reported they were reluctant to pay for empty bases and took the view that modern weapons had considerably reduced Malta's strategic importance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACR1WXYA79RLWVUD30VBXFCRVN
    Media URN:
    VLVACR1WXYA79RLWVUD30VBXFCRVN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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