11 Nov 2002

New Caledonia's Palika party accuses RPCR of arrogance over Noumea accord

4:32 pm on 11 November 2002

New Caledonia's pro-independence Palika party has accused the territory's main party, the RPCR, of arrogance over the difficulties in implementing the Noumea accord on greater autonomy.

After its congress in Amoa, press reports say Palika accused the RPCR is sabotaging efforts by the mainly Kanak northern province to develop a nickel plant in the north.

The party says it is unsettling to see that the French state, through the senate in Paris, has not moved to enshrine proposed changes to the make-up of New Caledonia's electorate in the new law on decentralisation.

Palika says the territory has entered into a political crisis and the past year has been the most difficult since the 1998 signing of the Noumea accord.

But it says the accord must be made to succeed despite the lack of co-operation of the other signatories.