27 Dec 2012

Tahiti leader to continue decolonisation bid next month

2:18 pm on 27 December 2012

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says he plans to return to New York next month to continue lobbying for the territory to be re-inscribed on the UN decolonisation list.

Mr Temaru, who was in New York last week to discuss the issue, has told the Nouvelles de Tahiti that he plans to meet members of the Non-Aligned Movement when they convene at the UN.

The Non-Aligned Movement groups 120 countries in mainly Africa, Asia and Latin America.

According to Mr Temaru, he has already met representatives from several countries, yet he has only named Algeria.

He says he has made good progress and a re-inscription could be possible within months.

Mr Temaru says the issue will also be raised in Tahiti next month when he is expected to receive the French overseas territories minister, Victorin Lurel, and Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

France is strongly opposed to French Polynesia's decolonisation bid, with Australia and New Zealand siding with Paris.

Territories on the UN list include New Caledonia and Tokelau.