17 Jun 2004

French Polynesian President to visit Paris next month

8:21 pm on 17 June 2004

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, will head to Paris next month for top-level talks with the French government.

The newly installed leader made the announcement during a press conference naming his 9 ministers.

Walter Zweifel reports from Papeete.

"Mr Temaru says the timing of mid-July is good as it will allow his new team to prepare for the talks, vital for his administration's success. He also says he will pursue the compensation demands for the victims of France's nuclear weapons test in the territory. While independence has slipped from the top of his agenda, Mr Temaru says he will pursue his demand for decolonisation at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa in August. In Papeete, I'm Walter Zweifel."