12 Oct 2011

Tahiti port blockade ends with tentative agreement

7:33 pm on 12 October 2011

A tentative agreement has been reached in French Polynesia to end the partial blockade of the port of Papeete.

Fishermen have met government ministers for several hours and found common ground on 13 of the 14 points of concern.

A protocol is to be signed tomorrow and according to Tahitipresse the contentious issue of the fuel price hikes has been left aside amid an undertaking that there will be no additional increase.

The accord has prompted fishermen from the Leeward islands to cancel their planned trip to Tahiti for a port blockade.

Today's action prompted some ferries to Moorea not to run for hours for fear of being unable to return.