ANZUS Pact


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ANZUS Pact

A treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States stating that signatories will coordinate and cooperate with one another on defense issues, especially those affecting the South Pacific. It came into effect in 1951. In the mid-1980s, the United States and New Zealand had a dispute over nuclear ships and now do not consider themselves bound by ANZUS with respect to each other. However, they both maintain treaty obligations with respect to Australia.
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The fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Pact falls on 1 September 2001.
The ANZUS Pact was signed 50 years ago on 1 September 1951 as part of a package of treaties relating to the Pacific.