26 Mar 2013

French Polynesia expects decolonisation vote this week

7:31 pm on 26 March 2013

A French Polynesian delegate says the United Nations will this week vote on a decolonisation resolution to the General Assembly.

Richard Tuheiava, who is a member of the French Senate, says there has been a substantial effort on the part of France and its allies to delay the vote.

The resolution, which has been redrafted, has been sponsored by Solomon Islands and three other Pacific countries.

France removed French Polynesia from the decolonisation list in 1947 without consulting the public.

The opposition in Tahiti is incensed at the decolonisation bid by President Oscar Temaru, saying the public has not voted for it.