17 Oct 2007

French Polynesia's President says electoral changes will increase instability

12:18 pm on 17 October 2007

The President of French Polynesia says the latest electoral changes being promoted by France will increase instability and turmoil in the territory.

Paris is calling territorial elections in January and intends changing the electoral system for the third time in four years

Oscar Temaru has told the plenary session at the Pacific Islands Forum, where French Polynesia is an associate member, that the changes will not address the root causes of instability.

He told the leaders it was a step backward and constituted interference in the territory's political affairs.

Mr Temaru says the Maohi people of Tahiti Nui need something like New Caledonia's Noumea Accord.

And he wants Forum leaders to help get the territory on the UN's new list of territories to be decolonised.

"It is now only 3 more years before the end of the United Nations second decade for the ratification of the Polynesia Islands and we need from you the same interest and support and solidarity that you demonstrated for our brothers' in Kanaki - New Caledonia in the 80s and 90s."