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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1117

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, refers to the Australian Government's recognition of the republic of Guinea Bissau. Does this recognition also constitute recognition of the claim of Guinea Bissau to the Cape Verde Islands?

Senator WILLESEE -No. The Government is not prejudging the situation in relation to the Cape Verde Islands. It believes that this is a matter to be worked out by Portugal in the future in conformity with the United Nations resolution on self-determination and independence. On 26 August Portugal assigned total independence to Guinea Bissau. The documents contained a specific clause to the effect that the Cape Verde Islands position would be looked after at a later date in accordance with the principles of the United Nations. In recognising that fact and also in supporting Guinea Bissau's admission to the United Nations the Government is not prejudging the issue.

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