14 Jun 2010

MSG mission to check Noumea Accord progress concerned over slow implementation

1:02 pm on 14 June 2010

A high level Melanesian Spearhead Group delegation has completed its visit to New Caledonia to check progress on the implementation of the Noumea Accord.

The delegation included Vanuatu's Prime Minister and Foreign Ministers from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji.

The MSG Secretariat is reluctant to give details about the trip, saying the findings won't be released until the MSG Summit in Fiji.

However, the Fiji Sun newspaper reports that the delegation noted concern on the slow rate of progress being made on implentation.

The accord provides for a transfer of power from France to New Caledonia ahead of a referendum on independence which may be organised after 2014.

The MSG delegation has encouraged New Caledonians to speak openly to each other to fulfill the objectives of the accord by the tight deadline.

The delegation expressed willingness to help the Kanak people by analysing data on social and economic imbalances.