28 Oct 2005

French Polynesia president reiterates call for territory to become freely associated with France

1:36 pm on 28 October 2005

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has reiterated a call for his territory to become independent in free association with France.

Mr Temaru was speaking to the French Polynesian media after leaving the Forum summit in Papua New Guinea.

He says he has a vision for the future of French Polynesia but nevertheless he wants to set the territory's economy right.

President Temaru says there's a true difference between a sovereign people, with independence, and a people under supervision, with autonomy.

He says the accession of the French Left to power in 2007 wouldn't make it easier to gain independence from France.

The Forum has granted French Polynesia associate membership status.

The Pacific leaders heard Mr Temaru express his wish to see a Pacific currency, a pan-regional passport and free movement of peoples.