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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1060

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs: In view of the Australian Government's decision to grant de jure recognition to the incorporation of the independent states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the stated principle of the Government that the USSR exercises effective control over the areas, does the Australian Government intend by using the identical principle to recognise the incorporation into the USSR of the 4 Japanese islands of Habomai, Shikotan, Kuna Shiri and Etorofu, seized at the end of World War II by the USSR?

Senator WILLESEE - No consideration has been given to that question either by my Department or by myself.

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