12 Jul 2013

Wallisian party mooted in New Caledonia

3:02 pm on 12 July 2013

Reports from New Caledonia say a union movement wants to form a political party uniting the territory's 26,000 Wallisians.

Noumea's daily newspaper reports that the plan was made public during a news conference by the leader of the STOP union, Olivier Moala.

He is quoted as saying he wants Wallisians to be brought to the centre of decision-making and give them a voice after 2014 when New Caledonia enters the final phase of the Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.

The proposed party expects to put Wallisian customs at its centre, being supported by the king of Wallis.

The number of Wallisian migrants has swelled to make them New Caledonia's third largest ethnic group.