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Monday, October 27, 1997 Published at 14:50 GMT

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Comoros: referendum results

The leader of the secessionist movement on the island of Anjouan in the Indian Ocean has said ninety-eight percent of voters supported independence from the Comoro Islands in Sunday's referendum.

Anjouan Radio quoted the leader, Foundi Abdallah Ibrahim, as saying he had dissolved the provisional secessionist administration and would soon announce what he called a legitimate government.

The Comoro Islands government and the Organisation of African Unity condemned the referendum.

The OAU, in a statement issued in Addis Ababa, warned it would take necessary measures to ensure the unity and territorial integrity of the Comoros; but it did not specify what those measures would be.

Another island in the group, Moheli, has also declared itself independent.

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