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Mancham in London

Mancham in London ( Seychelles former President James R. Mancham is at the moment in London engaged in some research for his new book “SEYCHELLES - The saga of a small Nation navigating through the cross-currents of a big world.”

Yesterday, he was hosted by Mr. Christopher Lee for lunch at the Athenaeum Club in Westminster. Mr. Lee, Professor of History at Cambridge University, was the BBC Defense Correspondent when he wrote “Seychelles Political Castaways” which was published in London at the time of Seychelles` independence. It is interesting to note what former President Mancham wrote in his autobiography “Seychelles Global Citizen” on this subject: “If the British and the French fought over the Seychelles, it was not for its natural beauty nor for its coconuts, cinnamon or tortoises but because of its strategic location on the important trading route to the East Indies. The history of our archipelago in this respect remains fascinating and is well documented in a book by a British writer Christopher Lee, entitled `Seychelles Political Castaways`, published by Hamish Hamilton in 1976 just a few months before we became a sovereign and independent Nation… The book was mainly concerned with recent developments in Seychelles and was highly complementary towards me, indeed almost embarrassingly so.”

Former President Mancham will also be meeting with Seychelles historian Julien Durup, the academically-talented Diguois who settled in Stafford, UK, following the coup d`état of 1977.

The former President had also received an invitation to attend a memorial service of Mr. Andrew Stuart who was head of the Seychelles desk at the Foreign Office at the time of the Seychelles Constitutional Conference in Malborough House, London, which drafted the Seychelles Independence Constitution in 1976. Subsequently, Mr. Stuart was appointed UK`s Ambassador to Finland. “Little Seychelles has navigated and will continue to navigate through calm and stormy weathers in a changing world of [an] unknown future,” Mr. Mancham said, adding that he is greatly encouraged by the enthusiastic reaction he has received concerning the book which he wishes to release in August on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

PHOTO: Seychelles former President James R. Mancham


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