26 Feb 2015

Call for urgent New Caledonia meeting

12:16 pm on 26 February 2015

There are calls for urgent action to end New Caledonia's political crisis which has left the territory without a president for now more than two months.

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One of the territory's members of the French Senate, Pierre Frogier, has called for an extraordinary meeting of the signatories of the Noumea Accord to overcome the impasse.

The collegial government, which has been set up in accordance with the Accord, has been unable to agree on who should be the president after a power-sharing deal among the dominant anti-independence parties collapsed in December.

The pro-independence Caledonian Union says the crisis could be resolved if a consensus government programme was put in place reflecting the positions of the five groups making up the collegial administration.

The French government has repeatedly called on New Caledonia's leaders to assume their responsibilities and iron out their differences.