2 Apr 2005

Talks fail to end standoff at port in French Polynesia

9:05 am on 2 April 2005

Talks between the French Polynesian presidential intervention force, the GIP, and supporters of the president, Oscar Temaru, have failed to end a blockade of the main port in the French Polynesian capital.

The news agency Tahitipresse reports negotiations have failed to resolve the standoff which is now well into its second day.

Agents of the GIP close to their former boss, Leonard Puputauki, are in dispute with the Temaru government over who should head the group.

The port blockade has forced a run on petrol in Tahiti, with

many service stations on the island now running dry.