10 Nov 2014

French justice minister defers Tahiti trip

2:01 pm on 10 November 2014

Reports from French Polynesia say next week's planned visit by the French justice minister, Christiane Taubira, has been deferred indefinitely.

Christiane Taubira

Christiane Taubira Photo: AFP

The French High Commission has confirmed this to local media without stating a reason or giving a new date.

This comes amid concern in Tahiti that land issues dating back to the early days of colonial rule remain unresolved.

At the end of last month, Ms Taubira said she would set in train a law change to enable the formation of a land tribunal as thousands of disputes are awaiting a resolution.

Indigenous groups have called for French help with genealogical research.

The Indigenous Customary Council in Tahiti has said the 1880 treaty with France, which left land matters with the indigenous courts, has not been abrogated.

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