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    THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND OF MAURITIUS SETTLED DOWN TO AN UNEASY CALM TODAY (SUNDAY) AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF BRITISH TROOPS, CALLED IN TO HELP QUELL RACE RIOTS BETWEEN THE ISLAND'S MOSLEM AND CREOLE INHABITANTS.

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    INTERVIEWER: YOUR EXCELLENCY, WHY DID YOU FEEL IT NECESSARY TO CALL BRITISH TROOPS HERE ONTO MAURITIUS?



    GOVERNOR: AFTER CONSULTING OFFICIAL ADVISERS, AND ALSO THE PRIME MINISTER, I DECIDED THAT IT WAS ADVISABLE TO HAVE A SMALL MILITARY REINFORCEMENT. THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE COULDN'T DENUDE THE OTHER DISTRICTS OF MEN BECAUSE AS THESE TROUBLES WERE OF A COMMUNAL NATURE, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A RISK OF THEM SPREADING ELSEWHERE, AND ONE HAS POCKETS OF ONE COMMUNITY LIVING HERE IN THE MIDST OF ANOTHER COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND. AND WE HAD A PROBLEM OF MANPOWER IN DEALING WITH TROUBLE IN PORT LOUIS.



    INTERVIEWER: MR. DUVAL, DO YOU THINK THE SITUATION ON MAURITIUS IS UNDER CONTROL AT THE MOMENT?



    DUVAL: YES, I THINK THE SITUATION IS PERFECTLY UNDER CONTROL, BUT THE EFFECTS, OF COURSE, WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO CURE.



    INTERVIEWER: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PRESENCE OF BRITISH TROOPS HERE AT THIS MOMENT?



    DUVAL: I THINK THE PRESENCE OF BRITISH TROOPS IS WELCOMED BY MOST OF THE POPULATION, AND WILL HELP TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE BUT PERSONALLY I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED NOT TO HAVE BRITISH TROOPS, BECAUSE MAURITIUS MUST LEARN TO DEPEND ON ITS OWN POLICE FORCE, AND SECURITY FORCES IN GENERAL.



    INTERVIEWER: PRIME MINISTER, DO YOU FEEL BRITISH TROOPS SHOULD REMAIN HERE FOR THE PRESENT?



    PRIME MINISTER: WELL, AS LONG AS IT IS NECESSARY.



    INTERVIEWER: WELL, HOW LONG DO YOU FEEL THAT WILL BE NECESSARY, SIR?



    PRIME MINISTER: WELL, ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE TECHNICAL PART OF DEFENCE AND SECURITY, THEY ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN TELL US.



    INTERVIEWER: SIR, RECENTLY, FORTY-FOUR PER CENT OF THE POPULATION VOTED AGAINST INDEPENDENCE. ON MARCH 12TH YOU HAVE YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY - DO YOU FORESEE ANY TROUBLE AT THAT TIME?



    PRIME MINISTER: NO, NO I DON'T THINK SO. EVERYBODY WANTS INDEPENDENCE, AND THERE ARE CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT, BUT I AM SURE THEY WILL SOON COME TO REALISE THAT INDEPENDENCE WILL DO THEM A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD. AND AFTER ALL, THIS IS A DEMOCRACY, WE ABIDE BY THE WILL AND VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.



    MAURITIUS SCENES; INTERVIEW WITH THREE LEADERS (SOF).




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    Background: THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND OF MAURITIUS SETTLED DOWN TO AN UNEASY CALM TODAY (SUNDAY) AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF BRITISH TROOPS, CALLED IN TO HELP QUELL RACE RIOTS BETWEEN THE ISLAND'S MOSLEM AND CREOLE INHABITANTS. THREE OF THE ISLAND'S LEADERS - GOVERNOR SIR JOHN SHAW RENNIE, OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER GAETAN DUVAL, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR SEEWOOSAGUR RAMGOOLAM - COMMENTED ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN RECENT INTERVIEWS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAMNOV19OX17QIJWY4BLYAQYMF
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMNOV19OX17QIJWY4BLYAQYMF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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