ANZUS Council

Conseil de l'ANZUS

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1951-09-01 San Francisco CA USA


1 Sep 1951, San Francisco CA (USA), under Article VII of T-XT5112 - Security Treaty, also referred to as the ANZUS Treaty, signed by Australia, New Zealand and USA, which entered into force on 29 Apr 1952. The Treaty in the English language and the instruments of ratification are deposited with the Government of Australia, Canberra (Australia). Following a dispute in 1985 over USA access to New Zealand ports and airfields, meetings of the full Anzus Council have not taken place since 1984. On 11 Aug 1986 the USA suspended security obligations to New Zealand. Commitments between the USA and Australia were mutually reaffirmed the same day and thus remain unaltered. Currently, Anzus continues to govern security relations between (a) Australia and the USA, (b) Australia and New Zealand.


Declare publicly and formally the sense of unity among members and coordinate their efforts for collective defence for the preservation of peace and security in the Pacific area; consult together whenever in the opinion of any party the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened in the Pacific; act to meet the common danger according to constitutional processes.


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Council (up to 1985, met annually), consisting of the Foreign Ministers (or their Deputies) of signatory Powers. Since 1985 bilateral Australia/USA meetings have been held annually. There are no formally designated headquarters and no permanent staff; arrangements for meetings are made among the governments concerned. Meetings closed.


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