Britain has begun to move its forces back into Malta following the successful conclusion of prolonged negotiations between the government at Westminster and Malta's Prime Minister, Mr.
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Background: Britain has begun to move its forces back into Malta following the successful conclusion of prolonged negotiations between the government at Westminster and Malta's Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff.
It is expected to be at least a month before the main body of servicemen move to Valletta, but the British forces expect to complete the operation by the end of June. By then, British forces on Malta should number about 3,500 -- the same as before the dispute began.
SYNOPSIS: Flying in to Malta on Saturday - a British military transport aircraft. British forces have begun a complex operation to move three thousand, five hundred men and supplies back to the island, following the successful conclusion of negotiations between Britain and Malta's Prime Minister, Mr. Mintoff.
The plane-load of supplies represents only the beginning of a mass airlift which is expected to continue until late in June. A skeleton staff is on Malta to receive and store the equipment in readiness for the arrival of the main body of troops sometime next month. Rear Admiral John Templeton-Cotill is the Commander of British Forces in Malta, and he's been in London in recent days hammering out final details of the move.
Also back in Malta on Saturday -- members of the Women Royal Navy Service. They are taking up their duties immediately. Their return to the island follows Mr. Mintoff's acceptance of an agreement which will give his government 14 million pounds sterling a year - and in return allows Britain to station troops on Malta for the next seven years. While these women naval staff were coming ashore, Britain's naval presence in Malta was being represented most noticeably by the modern guided-missile destroyer "London" - which has recently taken over guard duty from the smaller "Cavalier."