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edit BBC World News, Pacific Desk — 28.FEB.2008 — Tokelavians form provisional government

Faka'ofo, Tokelau— The tiny aspiring island nation of Tokelau announced earlier today that it has formed a provisional government as it prepares to break away from the Fijian Kingdom. The announcement follows months of talking in the Pacific island group among various Tokelavian factions. The Fijian government says that it will not recognize the new government or honorany of its acts, saying that any move toward greater autonomy for the islands would have to be approved by the Fijian Crown and Parliament. The Fijian High Ambassador in London has called for a meeting of Commonwealth diplomats to repudiate what he described as "a threat to the sovereign territory of a Commonwealth nation."