31 Jan 2018

Unity call within New Caledonia's FLNKS

10:39 am on 31 January 2018

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement says it wants to close its ranks at the weekend Congress preparing the independence referendum later this year.

The FLNKS flag

Photo: RNZI/ Johnny Blades

The FLNKS has been without a president since 2001 because of divisions among the parties making up the movement.

The secretary general of one of the parties, Jean-Louis Koroma of the Caledonian Union, said the goal of attaining full independence requires them to put aside their quarrels.

Mr Koroma said the FLNKS needed to have a strong and unambiguous message to be credible.

He said the Congress had to adopt a strategy to win the referendum which is due before November.

To do that, he said, there needs work to be done with young voters and those who usually abstain.

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