1 Jul 2013

New rebuke for UN on French Polynesia autonomy day

8:00 am on 1 July 2013

French Polynesia'a government has marked autonomy day, with the president, Gaston Flosse, again rebuking the United Nations for reinscribing the territory on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

He has again stated that he won't accept any foreign interference in the territory's affairs.

While urging France to hold a self-determination referendum as soon as possible, he says he would call for his party to boycott any plebiscite under UN terms.

The UN move calls for a dialogue to establish who would be allowed to take part in such a referendum, with the pro-independence camp calling for a 20-year residency clause to be eligible to vote.

Mr Flosse has rejected any change, adding that the territory doesn't want to be colonised by the UN.

Autonomy day is marked as a day of mourning by the pro-independence side, saying it marks the day in 1880 when the Tahitian king signed a deal with France which annexed the kingdom.