• Short Summary

    The outcome of general elections in Gibraltar on Friday (23 June) is likely to have a far-reaching effect on the future of the British colony.

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    The outcome of general elections in Gibraltar on Friday (23 June) is likely to have a far-reaching effect on the future of the British colony. And on Monday (19 June) posters filled the streets as the 15,000 electors prepare to cheese an eight-man government in the 15-seat House of Assembly.

    The election will be a straight fight between the Integration with Britain Party (IWBP) led by outgoing Chief Minister Robert Peliza and Sir Joshua Hassan's Gibraltar Labour Party/Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights (GLP/AACR).

    Better wages and extra fringe benefits for the workers of the three and a quarter square-mile (six square kms) colony have figured largely in the campaign. But passions have been most aroused by the deadlocked Anglo-Spanish dispute over the Rock and how it might be ended. All communications with Spain have been cut off for the past four years.

    Major Pelzia, who wants full economic and political integration with Britain, has charged Sir Joshua with being ready to accept a Spanish offer to grant Britain a long lease on the Rock in return for a declaration of Spanish sovereignty.

    But in reply, Sir Joshua has said the charge is a "big lie", and has stressed that his party intends to keep Gibraltar British. The campaign has shown that no Gibraltarian is willing to publicly say that he's ready to do a deal with General Franco's Government.

    SYNOPSIS: Interest mounted in Gibraltar before the British colony's general elections on Friday.

    The deadlock with Spain over the Rock is a big issue. All communications with Spain have been cut off for the past four years.

    It's a straight fight between Sir Joshua Hassan's Gibraltar Labour Party/Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights and outgoing Chief Minister Robert Peliza's Integration With Britain Party. Major Peliza wants full economic and political integration with Britain. And he's charged Sir Joshua with being ready to do a deal with Spain over the Rock's sovereignty. Sir Jeshua has denied the charge, stressing his party wants to keep Gibraltar British as well.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEFH6NX0GHZA59HH5BD296XSA2
    Media URN:
    VLVAEFH6NX0GHZA59HH5BD296XSA2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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