10 Mar 2005

French Polynesian president restates plan for international airport in Marquesas

5:14 am on 10 March 2005

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has reconfirmed his intention to build an international airport in the Marquesas Islands in the territory's north.

Mr Temaru has retained a minister of the previous government who is from the Marquesas islands in part to push outer island development.

He says several projects are planned for the Marquesas.

"We have a plan of building an international airport there and also to develop the fishing industry in the Marquesas islands and to develop tourism in the Marquesas islands. And that has helped me a lot to take the decision, the final decision to get Mr Louis Frebault as the minister for the development of our archipelagos."

Oscar Temaru