• Short Summary

    BRITAIN TOLD ZANZIBAR TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND INDEPENDENT "BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR".

  • Description

    BRITAIN TOLD ZANZIBAR TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND INDEPENDENT "BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR".MR DUNCAN SANDYS, COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS SECRETARY, TOLD DELEGATES ATTENDING A CONFERENCE ON INDEPENDENCE IN LONDON THAT BRITAIN WANTED THE DATE TO BE "AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE" TO THAT OF KENYA, SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 12.

    THE CLOVE AND COCONUT ISLANDS OF ZANZIBAR AND PEMBA, OFF THE AFRICAN EAST COAST, WITH 360,000 MOSTLY MOSLEM INHABITANTS, GAINED INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT LAST JUNE.THEY HAVE BEEN A BRITISH PROTECTORATE SINCE 1890.

    THE SULTAN, SEYYID JAMSHID BIN ABDULLA, IS A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCH.

    THE CURRENT TALKS ARE EXPECTED TO LAST FOUR DAYS WITH THE FINAL DAY DEVOTED TO THE COASTAL STRIP OF KENYA OVER WHICH THE SULTAN HAS STILL NOMINAL SOVEREIGNTY AND FOR WHICH HE RECEIVES RENT FROM BRITAIN.

    OBSERVERS STATE THE TALKS PRESENT MANY PROBLEMS AND SOME UNUSUAL ASPECTS IN VIEW OF APPROACHING INDEPENDENCE.ONE SUCH ASPECT IS THAT BRITAIN IS PREPARING TO GIVE INDEPENDENCE TO A GOVERNMENT WHICH CAN CLAIM ONLY MINORITY SUPPORT AMONG THE VOTERS.

    IN THE JULY ELECTIONS THE AFRO-SHIRAZI PARTY WON 54 PER CENT OF THE POPULAR VOTE BUT TOOK ONLY 13 OF THE 31 SEATS BECAUSE THEIR SUPPORT WAS UNEVENLY SPREAD OVER THE TWO ISLANDS.THE COALITION OF PARTIES WHICH MAKE UP THE RULING CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE AFRO-SHIRAZI MOVEMENT HAVE WIDELY DIFFERING IDEAS ON THE COURSE THE COUNTRY SHOULD FOLLOW AFTER INDEPENDENCE.THIS DIVISION, IT IS FELT COULD LEAD TO RENEWED RACIAL VIOLENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAM3GSOFBOCEPR5A69DVX3BY2B
    Media URN:
    VLVAM3GSOFBOCEPR5A69DVX3BY2B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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