19 Dec 2007

New Caledonians off to Paris for Noumea Accord review

2:33 pm on 19 December 2007

A total of 33 New Caledonian politicians have flown to Paris for a review of the 1998 Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.

This week's gathering was called by the French prime minister, Francois Fillon, to check on the implementation of the phased and irreversible transfer of power from France to New Caledonia.

The largest number of delegates is from the pro-independence FLNKS movement which signed the accord with the anti-independence RPCR and the French state.

Rifts within the anti-independence camp in the early part of this decade has led to the newly formed Future Together Party now sending more leaders to Paris than the group that succeeded the RPCR.

Jacques Lafleur, who was a key leader when the accord was signed, has declined to attend the Paris meeting.