13 Jun 2006

French Polynesia President to attend Paris meeting

10:01 am on 13 June 2006

Reports from French Polynesia say the territory's president, Oscar Temaru, will be attending the Paris summit called by France with leaders from Pacific Island countries in just under two weeks.

This comes after the vice-president, Jacqui Drollet, warned that the government would boycott the summit because France had failed to make promised large fund transfers.

He had also objected to France levying an airport tax in Tahiti after the terriorial assembly had twice voted against it.

But reports say the Temaru delegation is now getting ready for the Paris visit which could see the first meeting between the French Polynesian President and President Jacques Chirac.

The news agency Tahitipresse says this is in part to prevent someone else from representing French Polynesia and to use the Paris platform to make his positions known to the French and international media.