9 Nov 2007

Renewed call on France to reaffirm commitment to Noumea accord

2:41 pm on 9 November 2007

The new leader of New Caledonia's pro-independence Caledonian Union Party, Charles Pidjot, has called on the French state to clarify its stance as the signatories of the 1998 Noumea accord meet in Paris next month.

The accord was signed by France, and the territory's two main pro- and anti-independence parties.

Mr Pidjot says his side expects that the French government confirms its commitment to the accord.

He says an impression has been given that the situation is like a junk room.

The other New Caledonian signatory has signalled its desire to have constitutionally mandated aspects undone.

Last month, the French minister in charge of overseas territories advocated that the territory's future be within France while the Noumea accord provides for a vote on independence by 2018.

The accord also provides for a phased and irreversible transfer of power from France to New Caledonia.

The accord signatories are to meet in Paris the week before Christmas to discuss the accord's implementation.