12 Aug 2009

French Polynesian opposition derides Temaru's Forum trip

11:39 am on 12 August 2009

The French Polynesian opposition says President Oscar Temaru's attendance of the Pacific Islands Forum in Australia last week has achieved no result.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has issued a statement to say the president served no good apart from parading on the international scene where he has no influence.

It has accused him of showing no interest in the territory's internal problems.

The party says the autonomy statute would have allowed Mr Temaru to send a representative on his behalf.

In Cairns, Mr Temaru failed to be included in the Forum leaders' retreat as French Polynesia is only an associate member of the Forum.

He also failed to get Forum support for his pitch for labour mobility in the Pacific akin to the system in use within the European Community.