9 Jul 2012

French Polynesia President to deliver summit results to Pacific Islands Forum

6:46 am on 9 July 2012

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says the conclusions of the two-day meeting of the Club de Madrid will be made public when he attends next month's Pacific Islands Forum summit in the Cook Islands.

With the support of an Australian businessman, Clive Palmer, Mr Temaru has hosted the group of former leaders of democratic countries in Tahiti to explore sustainable development in the region.

Among those attending were the Club's head, the former Netherlands prime minister, Wim Kok, and New Zealand's Dame Jenny Shipley.

A former Latvian prime minister, Valdis Birkavs, has told local media that there is no alternative to democracy, the supremacy of the law and the market economy.

The Papeete meeting has also been used by Mr Temaru to lobby for his decolonisation campaign, which is opposed by France and the Forum's main powers, such as Australia, but backed by Fiji and Papua New Guinea.