February 2, 1960

ALGERIA: London, 29 – Personnel and members of the press at the UN Headquarters in New York City were gathered around radios yesterday to hear a speech by French President General Charles de Gaulle in favor of self-determination for Algeria. In Bonn, De Gaulle’s speech was received with satisfaction in political circles, which underlined the resolve with which the general spoke in favor of self-determination and his unreserved condemnation of the rebels. In London, where the speech was televised live, senior diplomats made no secret of their satisfaction. London fully supports De Gaulle’s policy. FARMERS’ PENSIONS: Parliament yesterday began debating the issue of granting old-age pensions to farmers. The first speaker at the podium was the leader of the Democratic Socialist Party, Georgios Papandreou, who said 130,000 people would be eligible for a pension on January 1, 1961, at a cost of 470 million drachmas, which could be found by imposing a 5 percent tax on luxury goods, which would earn 100 million euros a year; 10 percent farming tax on stamp duty, which would earn 140 million; a 25 lepta tax on packets of 20 luxury cigarettes (150 million); and 1 percent on farm products sold (80 million).

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