5 Apr 2011

Tahiti delegate welcomes MSG support in decolonisation bid

11:59 am on 5 April 2011

One of French Polynesia's two members of the French senate says he has secured the support of Melanesian leaders in the bid to get his territory re-inscribed on the UN decolonisation list.

The pro-independence politician Richard Tuheiava attended last week's Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders summit in Fiji to lobby the Melanesians.

Mr Tuheiava attended as part of the delegation of the FLNKS movement from New Caledonia which is on the decolonisation list.

He says MSG leaders pledged to endorse the application at this September's Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in New Zealand.

"They really welcomed the other idea of having another input from the Polynesia area because a free and decolonised Pacific is not only concerning Melanesia, it is also concerning the other cousins. Tahiti Nui, French Polynesia is also seeking for that."

Richard Tuheiava