22 Jun 2011

French Polynesia assembly to shape decolonisation resolution

6:05 am on 22 June 2011

French Polynesia's assembly is working on a resolution to formally demand the territory's re-inscription on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

After what was called an informal meeting last week, the assembly's commission on international relation is today due to draw up the text.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The pro-independence president Oscar Temaru has quickened his campaign to undo the 1947 decision of Charles de Gaulle that removed Tahiti and its islands from the list. He claims to have majority support in the assembly for the resolution which is expected to be voted on next week despite the opposition decrying his move as an act of defiance against the French state. After failing to win the support of the Pacific Islands Forum four times, Mr Temaru wants to take his latest decolonisation initiative to the Auckland summit in September in the hope of seeing the cause being advance for consideration at the UN later this year."