9 Sep 2011

Tahiti opposition pleased with Temaru rebuff by Forum

10:50 am on 9 September 2011

The French Polynesian opposition Tahoerea Huiraatira Party has expressed delight at the Pacific Islands Forum decision not to endorse the decolonisation bid put to it by the French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru.

The bid was aimed to get Forum support for the territory to be re-inscribed on the UN decolonisation list after being removed by France in 1947.

The Tahoeraa says the Forum leaders were not fooled by Mr Temaru, describing him as a clown in his lobbying efforts as a first step to win independence.

It likens the Forum outcome to a fable in which a frog tries to inflate itself to the size of an ox, but bursts in the attempt.

The Tahoeraa says the rejection by the Forum is justice for those Polynesians who are opposed to independence but had to pay for the useless trip of Mr Temaru's delegation.

It says this should also make it more difficult for Mr Temaru to get what it calls his illegitimate request on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly.