28 Aug 2013

Tahiti assembly to adopt anti-decolonisation resolution for Forum

4:24 am on 28 August 2013

French Polynesia's assembly is due to hold an extraordinary session today to pass a resolution, which is to be presented to next week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in the Marshall Islands.

The government wants Pacific leaders to know that a majority in the assembly is against the territory's reinscription on the UN decolonisation list.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"At the behest of four Pacific countries, the UN General Assembly put French Polynesia back on the list in May only hours before the newly elected assembly had its first meeting. The decision has angered Paris and prompted the assembly in Tahiti to ask France for an independence referendum as soon as possible to settle the issue once and for all. However, the French presidency has decided to leave the formal request unanswered. The other main French territory in the Pacific, New Caledonia, has been back on the UN list since 1986 and a self-determination vote there is possible after 2014."