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South Pacific Forum - resolution on the New Hebrides



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D18 14 July .1980

SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM - RESOLUTION ON THE NEW HEBRIDES

The South Pacific Forum, at its meeting in Tarawa, Kiribati, today passed the following resolution on the New Hebrides:

The South Pacific Forum, recalling its resolution on the New Hebrides and the French Pacific Territories at its meeting in 1979:

1. Notes with dismay recent events in the New Hebrides in which the agreed date for independence, the authority of the elected government and the unity of the territory are being threatened by the illegal actions of a few,

especially in the area of Luganville on Santo Island:

2. Calls upon and expects Britain and France, the two administering powers, to meet the express wish of the elected Parliament and Government of the New Hebrides to achieve independence on 30 July 1980 in terms of the agreed constitution;

3. Reaffirms its view that it is the particular and immediate responsibility of the two administering powers to effect a smooth and full transfer of authority to the elected government of a unified

and stable independent state;

4. Calls upon the two administering powers to use all means within their authority, in accordance with their continuing responsibility, to restore law and order, including respect for democratic processes by immediately securing an end

to all defiance of the national authority so that independ­ ence can be achieved on the agreed date of 30 July and, beyond that date, to promote the stability and integrity of the new State in support of the full authority of the New Hebrides Government;

5. Notes that its members would be watching closely how the two administering powers discharge their responsibilities.