1 Nov 2006

French Polynesian President meets leaders of groups who occupied Presidential palace

10:57 am on 1 November 2006

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has received the leaders of the groups who last week seized the presidential palace and the territorial assembly during his attendance of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The meeting was their first since the unionists, former GIP intervention force members, oppositioon activists and bus drivers set up road blocks nearly three weeks ago to push for a lower cost of living, compensation for former GIP members and a dissolution of the assembly.

Reports following last night's [tue nz] talks say the public works minister will continue the dialogue with them in three days.

Mr Temaru had made any talks conditional on the illegal road blocks being lifted.

and repeatedly asked the French authorities to restore freedom of movement.

The French tolerated road blocks around Papeete for 11 days but intervened in the occupations when the Forum meeting in Fiji got under way.