Foreign, Constitutional And
N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent
Rec. 10.30 a.m
LONDON, July 19.
Little change has been noted here recently as regards British and French relations. The French are apparently still hopeful that some form of direct negotiations will result following the removal of their special troops from the Levant and Syria, but apparently the Governments of these countries refuse any direct negotiations with France until all French troops have been withdrawn, certain common interests returned and the French Delegate-General given the status of Minister.
Latterly France has been somewhat preoccupied with General de Gaulle's plan for a referendum on the new Constitution. This plan provides for an election in October and a referendum. By the referendum the nation will be asked to say whether the Assembly about to be elected shall be a constituent Assembly. . If the nation answers in the negative France will return to the Constitution of 1875, the Assembly to be elected will be the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate vwill also be elected. If the nation answers in the affirmative the constituent Assembly will appoint the head of the provisional Government, who will choose Ministers to be responsible to him alone. Besides drafting the Constitution the Assembly will have some control over the Budget, over foreign treaties and over structural changes. The Constitution must be drafted in seven months and will then be submitted to the judgment of the nation in a second referendum. All sections of the National Consultative Assembly have shown hostility to General de Gaulle's plan. The Assembly's commission for State reform, representing all parties, unanimously referred the Government's bill back for. further consideration. France, with Britain, is concerned in ending the unilateral action taken by General Franco in Tangier in 1941, but discussions on the subject were postponed owing to Russia's desire to participate: It is thought likely that Mr. Churchill and Generalissimo Stalin will discuss this point at Potsdam. . France is also engrossed in Algeria, where the Moslem Nationalist risings in May resulted in disorder, which even now has not been completely settled.
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STILL HOPEFUL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945
STILL HOPEFUL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945
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