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1940s-90s former colonies administered by mostly Western countries under UN mandate
The one territory not turned over was South-West Africa, which South Africa insisted remained under the League of Nations Mandate. South Africa's apartheid regime refused to commit to preparing the territory for independence and majority rule, as required by the trust territory guidelines, among other objections. South-West Africa eventually gained independence in 1990 as Namibia.
Trust territories (and administering powers)
UN trust territories by trustee
Modern successor states of UN trust territories
Modern states composed solely of former trust territories
Modern states composed partially of former trust territories
Former German Schutzgebiete
All these territories previously were League of Nations mandates.
The Territory of New Guinea (Australia): The north-eastern section of this island had been a League of Nations mandate, the south-eastern section had been Australian before World War I; after World War II, the two were combined into a unified entity for administrative purposes, although the legal distinction between the Territory of Papua and the Territory of New Guinea was maintained. In 1975, the two entities were legally unified and granted independence as Papua New Guinea. The western half of the island, formerly Dutch and now part of Indonesia, was never part of either territory.
Korea: In wartime talks, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that Korea be placed under an American-Soviet trust administration. The plan was eclipsed after Roosevelt's death on 12 April 1945, although it was expressed in the December Moscow Conference, and caused considerable civil unrest in Korea.
Italian Libya: Between 1945 and 1947 the Soviet Union made various proposals that Tripolitania be placed under Soviet trusteeship for ten years, or a joint trusteeship with Britain and the United States, or that Libya as a whole become an Italian trusteeship.
Ryukyu Islands and Bonin Islands: the Treaty of San Francisco included provisions which provided the United States the right to convert its administration over the Ryukyu and Bonin Islands into a trust territory, but it never did so before sovereignty was voluntarily reverted back to Japan.
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