12 Mar 2007

New Caledonian government wants to play greater role in region

6:01 am on 12 March 2007

The New Caledonian government has said during a visit to New Zealand, that playing a greater role in the region is one of its key aims.

Several representatives of the New Caledonian government were launching an event to lift the profile of the territory.

Its minister for economic development, Didier Leroux, says the territory's government wants to be more involved:

"Everyone has understood that the presence of France in this area is to maintain stability in the region, because of what is happening in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Fiji. Obviously we don't need more of that. So perhaps France can contribute to settling things and keeping a balance and stability in the region."