1 Oct 2012

Solomons' leader tells UN of support for self determination in New Caledonia, French Polynesia

2:28 pm on 1 October 2012

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says his country supports New Caledonia's aspirations to self-determination.

Gordon Darcy Lilo had been speaking at the General debate of the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Mr Lilo told the Assembly that last month members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group undertook a second visit to the French Territory to monitor progress under the Noumea accord.

"We encourage all efforts to enable the Kanaks to assume leadership in determining their future. Solomon Islands also joins its regional neighbours in supporting the re-inscription of French Polynesia on the United Nations decolonisation list."

Mr Gordon Darcy Lilo also says his country supports the independence and the sovereignty of Fiji.

He says his country will continue to have a dialogue with Fiji.