26 Mar 2011

MSG to be lobbied by Tahiti pro-independence party

9:32 am on 26 March 2011

French Polynesia's pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party is to make a fresh push to get the region's leaders to support its bid to have the territory re-inscribed on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

The party's Richard Tuheiava, who is also a member of the French Senate, is to go to Fiji this weekend to lobby the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The MSG includes New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS Movement which has had regional support to be put on the UN list.

Mr Tuheiava has told Tahitipresse that he and his party's leader, Oscar Temaru, will make their case in the next few weeks throughout the region and also attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland in September.

He says if a resolution is adopted it could be taken to the UN in December.

Mr Temaru's 30-year decolonisation campaign has been ignored by both France and Pacific Islands Forum countries, including New Zealand, which still has Tokelau on the UN list.