23 Sep 2004

French Polynesia Assembly delays vote on Pacific fishing treaty

10:21 am on 23 September 2004

The French Polynesian President, Oscar Temaru, has overruled one of his ministers to delay for one-month a French Polynesia Assembly vote on a proposal to add France to a Pacific fishing treaty.

In doing so, Mr Temaru sided with the opposition's Georges Puchon, who was finance minister in the previous government of former President Gaston Flosse.

After Temaru's intervention, the measure was postponed by a vote of 27-26.

The fisheries minister, Keitapu Maamaatuaihutapu, had favoured France joining an international fishery commission created under the Honolulu Treaty.