27 May 2013

Two Tahiti self-determination resolutions to be tabled this week

7:35 pm on 27 May 2013

French Polynesia's two pro-autonomy parties will each table a draft resolution in the assembly this week, asking France to organise a referendum on self-determination as soon as possible.

This comes after the assembly president last week turned to Paris on the matter in an effort to quash the UN resolution adopted ten days ago, which reinscribed the territory on the UN decolonisation list.

However, the pro-independence Union For Democracy says the proposed referendum is of no consequence for the UN process.

It says all it does is ridicule the pro-autonomy camp and heap opprobium on the colonies wishing to remain colonies.

France boycotted the UN vote and is yet to indicate whether it will hold a referendum as provided for in the French constitution, bypassing the UN process.