7 Jan 2009

Debate called about New Caledonian identity card

1:45 pm on 7 January 2009

Two of the main components of New Caledonia's pro-independence movement have filed a resolution for debate in the legislature aimed at creating a New Caledonian citizen identity card.

According to Oceania Flash, the motion is to give substance to the concept of a New Caledonian citizenship in line with the 1998 Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.

The motion says the proposed local citizenship is not aimed at undermining the otherwise recognised French and European citizenship in New Caledonia, but would be a plus for New Caledonians to have a distinctive and primary identity symbol.

As part of the implementation of the Accord, New Caledonia has recently introduced an anthem, a motto and a design for its future banknotes.

But the more sensitive issues such as a possible flag and a new country name remained unresolved.