6 Jul 2006

New Zealand says UN resolution shows it took right approach to Tokelauan vote

8:03 pm on 6 July 2006

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters has welcomed a United Nations resolution commending the transparent and professional way in which New Zealand handled Tokelau's referendum on self-government.

The resolution was adopted at a recent meeting of the UN's Special

Committee on Decolonisation in New York.

In February's referendum, 60 per cent of Tokelauans voted in favour of

becoming self-governing in free association with New Zealand but the proposal failed because it required a two-thirds majority.

Mr Peters says the UN resolution confirmed New Zealand has taken the right approach to Tokelau.

Tokelau is expected to decide next month when another referendum on self-government will be conducted and Mr Peters says New Zealand will continue to support the atolls on the path they choose.