23 Jul 2013

Forum ministerial committee impressed by New Caledonia visit

9:21 pm on 23 July 2013

The leader of the Pacific Islands Forum ministerial committee to New Caledonia says he was very impressed by the territory's commitment to maintaining peace and economic growth despite the uncertainty around future political arrangements.

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, last week led the group to observe progress on the implementation of the Noumea Accord on self determination.

Mr Puna says he was pleased at the recognition of the Kanak identity and circumstances as part of the effort to achieve economic and social rebalancing across the country.

He says it was also encouraging to note the widespread recognition that New Caledonia is home to other communities and they should equally benefit from the rebalancing efforts.