17 Jul 2012

Fiji reaffirms support for Tahiti decolonisation bid

1:34 pm on 17 July 2012

Fiji's roving ambassador, Litia Mawi, has re-affirmed her government's support for the French Polynesian government's bid to reinscribe the territory on the UN decolonisation list.

According to the Nouvelles de Tahiti newspaper, she gave her endorsement at a youth conference of the ruling pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party, which it organised to coincide with French National Day celebrations

The Tavini party had spoken out in favour of the Fiji presence, pointing out that a dictatorship which doesn't frighten the tourists is a rather good sign.

In May, Fiji reported that the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement had decided to support Tahiti's decolonisation bid.

That prompted the opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira to accuse Fiji of an unacceptable interference in France's internal affairs.