21 Jan 2013

French Polynesia leaders hopeful decolonisation bid will go to General Assembly in two months

11:41 am on 21 January 2013

French Polynesian leaders are hoping their bid to be re-inscribed on the UN decolonisation list will go to the United Nations general assembly in the next month or two.

Mr Temaru, has been in New York lobbying for the territory to be added to the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

He presented their draft resolution to the Non-Aligned Movement groups, 120 countries in mainly Africa, Asia and Latin America.

A pro-independence member of the French Senate, Richard Tuheiava, says Mr Temaru was well received by the groups.

He says the draft resolution is currently under consultation meetings amongst Pacific Small Island Developing States and Non Aligned Movement Member States.

Senator Tuheiava, who is traveling with Mr Temaru, says they are hoping their resolution will be tabled at the UN in the next month or two.

"Its very important actually, this is the final move that we have been expecting for so long and actually that we have been working on since 2011."

A pro-independence member of the French Senate, Richard Tuheiava.

France is strongly opposed to French Polynesia's decolonisation bid.