6 Jun 2003

French minister Girardin to visit New Caledonia June 16

12:14 pm on 6 June 2003

The French high commission in Noumea has announced that the French minister in charge of overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin, will make a 4-day visit to New Caledonia in 10 days.

The visit will include discussions aimed at reviewing the 1998 Noumea accord on greater autonomy.

The pro-independence FLNKS movement wants to raise concerns about the collegial system of the territorial government, the make-up of the electorate in future key votes and financial support for a planned nickel plant in the north of the main island.

The anti-independence RPCR party would like to discuss changes to the organic law and administrative reforms.

The high commission says her talks will also to prepare for a visit to New Caledonia by President Jacques Chirac who is due in Noumea on July the 23rd.