Extension of the Convention to former British territories on 24 February 1965 (the Convention entered into force for those territories on 25 April 1965):
British Solomon Islands Protectorate**
Gilbert and Ellice Islands**
Saint Christopher, Nevis*
* This country achieved independence and declared that it considers itself bound by the Convention or acceded to the Convention.
** This country achieved independence. No declaration has been made on the continuation in force of the Convention.
Dates of independence: British Guyana became the Republic of Guayana (26 May 1966); British Solomon Islands Protectorate became Solomon Islands (7 July 1978); Gilbert and Ellice Islands became respectively Kiribati (12 July 1979) and Tuvalu (1 October 1978); New Hebrides (see also France: declarations) became the Republic of Vanuatu (30 July 1980); Southern Rhodesia became the Republic of Zimbabwe (18 April 1980).
*** On 1 July 1997, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland restored Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. See under "CHINA, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".