29 Apr 2002

Kanak and Wallis and Futuna Communities discussion ethnic tension in New Caledonia

3:10 pm on 29 April 2002

Leaders of the Kanak and Wallis and Futuna communities have met local authorities in New Caledonia and the French High Commissioner for a second round of talks in Noumea yesterday.

The talks are aimed at ending tension which flared up last December between the two communities in the Noumea suburb of St Louis.

The meeting discussed helping families from Wallis and Futuna who want to leave St Louis and the employment and social integration of young people.

The issue of compensation for five families who have been the focus of violence over the past five months was also discussed and they are expected to receive some financial support from France.

There were also discussions concerning community safety.