United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 19


     [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                        (Fourth Committee) (A/51/588)]

            51/145.     Question of Tokelau

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the question of Tokelau,

      Having examined the chapter of the report of the Special
Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples relating to the question of Tokelau, 1/

      Recalling the solemn declaration on the future status of Tokelau
delivered by the Ulu-o-Tokelau (the highest authority on Tokelau) on
30 July 1994, that an act of self-determination in Tokelau is now
under active consideration, together with the constitution of a
self-governing Tokelau, and that the present preference of Tokelau is
for a status of free association with New Zealand, 

      Recalling also the emphasis placed in the solemn declaration on
the terms of Tokelau's intended free association relationship with New
Zealand, including the expectation that the form of help Tokelau could
continue to expect from New Zealand in promoting the well-being of its
people, besides its external interests, would be clearly established
in the framework of that relationship,

      Noting with appreciation the continuing exemplary cooperation of
New Zealand as the administering Power with the Special Committee
relating to Tokelau and its readiness to permit access by United
Nations visiting missions to the Territory,

      Recalling the dispatch in 1994 of a United Nations visiting
mission to Tokelau, 

      Noting that, as a small island Territory, Tokelau exemplifies the
situation of most remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories,

      Noting also that, as a case study pointing to successful
decolonization, Tokelau has wider significance for the United Nations
as it seeks to complete its work in decolonization,

      1.    Notes that Tokelau remains firmly committed to the
development of self-government and to an act of self-determination
that would result in Tokelau assuming a status in accordance with the
options on future status for Non-Self-Governing Territories contained
in principle VI of the annex to General Assembly resolution 1541 (XV)
of 15 December 1960;

      2.    Also notes Tokelau's desire to move at its own pace towards
an act of self-determination;

      3.    Commends Tokelau for seeking on the basis of wide
consultation with its people a form of national government that
reflects its unique traditions and environment, and for charting its
own constitutional course;

      4.    Acknowledges the collaboration between New Zealand and
Tokelau regarding the Tokelau Amendment Act 1996, which provides
Tokelau's national government with a legislative power, supplementing
the executive power delegated in 1994;

      5.    Also acknowledges Tokelau's need for reassurance, given that
local resources cannot adequately cover the material side of
self-determination, and the ongoing responsibility of Tokelau's
external partners to assist Tokelau in balancing its desire to be
self-reliant to the greatest extent possible with its need for
external assistance;

      6.    Welcomes the assurances of the Government of New Zealand
that it will meet its obligations to the United Nations with respect
to Tokelau and abide by the freely expressed wishes of the people of
Tokelau with regard to their future status;

      7.    Invites the administering Power and United Nations agencies
to continue their assistance to the social and economic development of

                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


1/    Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 23 (A/51/23), chap. XI.


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