13 Mar 2006

French Polynesian President accused of undermining France

7:51 am on 13 March 2006

French Polynesia's opposition parties have again criticised President Oscar Temaru for his comments about independence, saying he is discrediting France on the international stage.

This comes after Mr Temaru's remarks in the Cook Islands and in the United States when he said he wanted to be known as the President of Tahiti Nui.

He was also reported as saying he no longer knows what French Polynesia stands for.

The opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says Mr Temaru is undermining the dialogue with France and wants to plunge the territory into independence.

There are no plans for a vote on independence and France has repeatedly refused a bid by Mr Temaru to re-enlist French Polynesia on the UN list of non-selfgoverning territories.

The Rautahi Party, which led by a former Tahoeraa politician Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says the problems facing Tahiti need to be solved by the President being at home or in France, and not by him travelling around Anglo-Saxon countries.