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MANDATE FOR SAMOA.

LONDON, April 8

Official.—Referring to telegrams from New Zealand to London newspapers, which quote a section of the New Zealand Press as being opposed to the Dominion accepting mandatory control of Samoa. Mr Massey states that he is agreeable to purely British control, but as previously explained, the Allied Powers ar© opposed to direct annexation of the former German colonies, therefore there is no alternative to New Zealand mandatory control ex■eept the probability of similar occupation by a Power other than Great Britain. This, in the circumstances, is surely an unthinkable humiliation. Moreover, Samoa can be made to pay its way. No garrisoft will be required. and its trade will be valuable to New

Zealand. it in considered, by competent authorities that Samoa is one of the most important strategic and trading centres in the Pacific. New Zealand newspapers also state that our administration, of the Cook Islands has failed, thus proving our incapacity for accepting control of Samoa, 'i.ius statement,^, unfair in effect and inaccurate. l:ißsl3ptAf?trri'!:iit:Ht ■ authorities say that our administration of the Cook Islands lias been an undoubted success.

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MANDATE FOR SAMOA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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MANDATE FOR SAMOA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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