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Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Mayotte Island vote in referendum

The people of Mayotte, the Indian Ocean Island under French rule, have been voting in a referendum to decide on their Island's future.

The voters will either reject or approve an agreement signed in January this year which provides for Mayotte to become a departmental community within France.

In 1975 Mayotte rejected the independence status for which the other three islands Grande Comoro, Anjouan and Muheli of the Comoros voted. The BBC correspondent in Moroni says political parties and the government of Comoro have rejected the vote and have instead called for talks with the local rulers of Mayotte.

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