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No. M169 Date 8 November 1984


The Minister for Foreign A ffa irs ,'M r B iU Hayden MR, and

the Minister for T e rrito rie s and LocaL Government, Mr Tom Uren, have

welcomed a United Nations decision today on the vote by the people

of Cocos last A pril to integrate with A u s tra lia . Since th is is the

f i r s t time in many years that a non-self-governing t e r r it o r y has

chosen integration with the administering power, rather than some form

of independence, UN endorsement is especially pleasing.

. A United Nations v is itin g mission had witnessed A p ril's

act of self-determ ination at Cocos. The Fourth Committee of the UN

General Assembly has now met to consider the mission's report and to

hear statements by the Australian representatives and by the Chairman

of the Cocos (Keeling) Council, Mr Parson Bin Yapat.

Mr Hayden and Mr Uren expressed th e ir pleasure that the

Fourth Committee had adopted by consensus a resolution which, once

confirmed by. a plenary meeting of the General Assembly, means that

the United Nations accepts the integration of Cocos with A u s tra lia .

This w ill bring to an end A us tra lia 's last re s p o n s ib ility in the

United Nations for a non-self-governing t e r r i t o r y .

The Ministers said that they are p a r tic u la rly g r a tifie d

that the resolution expresses the UN's appreciation to the Australian

Government and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Council for the co-operation

extended to the United Nations and that i t has been adopted with the

broadest support among members of the United Nations.

The Australian Government w i ll continue it s commitment to

the p o l i t i c a l , social and economic advancement of the Cocos community.