27 Jun 2013

Tahiti's Flosse again attacks UN over decolonisation stance

1:41 pm on 27 June 2013

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has again attacked the United Nations for reinscribing French Polynesia on the list of territories to be decolonised.

In a statement, Mr Flosse says last month's UN decision is a unacceptable interference in French and Polynesian affairs, accusing the UN of violating the fundamental and inalienable rights of the Polynesians.

He says it is not up to the foreign countries, including some of the poorest, to make decisions on behalf of the Polynesian people.

Mr Flosse also says the UN vote was the result of indecent lobbying of a minority party now in opposition.

He has also called on France to organise a self-determination referendum as soon as possible.

He says it is out of the question to consider restricting voting rights in any such referendum to long term-residents, pointing out that Polynesia is French and its inhabitants are French citizens.