10 Oct 2002

Kanak leader insists on implementation of Noumea accord

5:03 pm on 10 October 2002

The president of New Caledonia's northern province has restated that the 1998 Noumea accord on greater autonomy should be enacted despite French concerns about aspects of its legality.

Paul Neaoutyne says the make-up of the electorate should be accepted as outlined in the accord which had been approved by 72 percent of voters.

The accords provides for the freezing of the electorate to prevent that indigenous Kanaks are outnumbered by settlers and migrants from France.

Mr Neaoutyne says he is opposed to a French proposal to have a referendum on the issue.

And he says he wants France to implement the Noumea accord in its entirety and in the original form as it was accepted by the voters.

He says he also rejects a French bid to have the clause tested in the European court of justice.