15 Oct 2007

Temaru to restate decolonisation stance for French Polynesia

4:11 pm on 15 October 2007

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says he has grounds to ask the Pacific Islands Forum again for its support to have the territory reinscribed on the UN decolonisation list.

Mr Temaru says this amounts to the use of a right that is recognised internationally.

France allowed New Caledonia back on the decolonisation list in 1986 but has refused to do the same with French Polynesia.

Apart from France, the US, Britain and New Zealand still hold Pacific territories classified as colonies by the UN.

But next week, the New Zealand government has arranged for Tokelau to have its second referendum on self-government in two years.

New Zealand has so far declined to support Mr Temaru's bid for his territory to be decolonised.