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CONTROL OF SAMOA.

DOMINION'S MANDATE

(Received May 10,-2 p.m.) (Official;),; ; V:.-- ---.„• LONDON, May 9

.Tile mandate for New Zealand's com trui of Samoa is as follows; Germany renounces all rights and title over'the islands constituting German Samba; also the associated Powers entrust-the government of the islands to His Brittanic Majesty, to be exercised by the New Zealand Government, which must have full legislative aud judicial power ' over the islands, as internal part of the territory of New Zealand, and 'may apply New Zealand laws thereto, subject to such local modifications as the circumstances may require. His Brittanic Majesty, for the New Zealand Government, accepts the mandate upon" the footing that the trust is imposed and accepted for the well-being and development of the peoples? of the islands, and to that end undertakes that slave trade' and.forced labour be prohibited. Traffic in arms and ammunition will be controlled in accordance with any general convention which may be entered into by the high co-operating-parties in this behalf. The sale of spirituous liquors to Natives shall be prohibited, and mandatory military training, other than for purposes of internal police and: internal defence of the islands, shall be prohibited. Furthermore, no military or naval bases shall be established, and. no fortifications shall- be. erected in the islands either .by the Government of New Zealand or by any Power or person. The value oil the property in the ; islands belonging to the German Government shall be assessed, and shall be recorded in the Inter-Allied Repatriation Fund, and regarded as allocated to the share of the-Government of New Zealand. The expenses of the administration of the islands, if the revenues obtained from local sources are insufficient, will be defrayed by the Government of New Zealand. H at any time the Native inhabitants of the islands express a desire-to be united with New Zealand, and the Council.of the League of Nations consider this desire to be conscious and well-founded, and calculated to promote the Natives' interests, the Allied Associated Powers agree that effect shall be given to it, by the Council of the League, and .the islands shall therefrom be incorporated in New Zealand for all purposes, and, admimsbration under this convention shall be regarded as at an end, provided that all undertakings set out in article 3, including the prohibition against the establishment of. military and naval bases or fortifications, shall be maintained, and shall continue to operate m the islands after such incorporation The inhabitants of the islands shall be entitled to British diplomatic protection when in foreign countries. The Government of New Zealand will make an annual report, containing full information in regard to the island, and the measures taken to fulfil the trust and exteud the well-being of the Natives. Copies of the report are to be presented to the League of Nations.

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CONTROL OF SAMOA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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CONTROL OF SAMOA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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