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Tuesday, 15 March 1966

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - What happened in Nigeria was that there was an attempted rising, which was unsuccessful. Although, unfortunately, the distinguished Prime Minister of the country and some of his Ministers were assassinated, the Government under General Ironsi was in all senses the successor of the former Government, and no formal act of recognition was necessary. We continue to recognise the Government as the successor of the previous Government. Great Britain took the same view. The three African States which the honorable member mentioned have done nothing in this respect; so I assume that they also have taken that view.

In Ghana there was the overthrow of an existing government and its replacement by a new government. After a lapse of time of about a week, when it became obvious that the new Government was stable, we formally recognized it. Great Britain took the same action. I regret that I am unable to say what the three African States to which the honorable member referred have done in the case of Ghana; but I will find out for him.

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