29 Oct 2007

French Polynesian president calls for second international airport

9:42 am on 29 October 2007

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says for the territory to develop it has to be opened up by improving infrastructure in the northern archipelago.

Speaking after a brief meeting with the visiting French overseas territories minister, Mr Temaru says in his country, which extends over an area the size of Europe, there is only one international airport.

He says a second such airport is needed and should be built in the Marquesas islands.

Mr Temaru also says a fishing port should be developed there because in the waters of the north is where the fish stocks are.

He says an under water cable should be laid to link French Polynesia to Hawaii.