18 Feb 2013

Tahiti's Tuheiava seeks changes to French constitution

2:33 pm on 18 February 2013

French Polynesia's pro-independence member of the French Senate, Richard Tuheiava, says he is seeking two amendments to the French constitution.

Mr Tuheiava says the amendments are linked to the bid to have the territory reinscribed on the UN decolonisation list.

He says he wants to draw up guidelines in the constitution for a possible independence referendum.

Furthermore he wants to revoke a 2003 change that dropped the term people in reference to those living in France's overseas territories.

"At the time, the language [term] people was dropped down to the language [term] population, to overseas population. And our request is to have this constitution amended again."

French Polynesia's Senator, Richard Tuheiava, says restoring the reference to people would be highly symbolic.