26 Jul 2019

Kanak call for support from non-aligned movement

2:18 pm on 26 July 2019

A New Caledonian representative has attended a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, asking it to support the territory's decolonisation from France.

The FLNKS flag widely used in New Caledonia

The FLNKS flag widely used in New Caledonia Photo: RNZ Walter Zweifel

Charles Wea, who represents the pro-independence FLNKS in Australia and who was at the NAM summit as an observer, told the gathering that last November's independence referendum was marked by a campaign of fear on part of the anti-independence camp.

He reportedly considered the vote to be a first positive step as two more such referendums are to follow.

According to the Nouvelles Caledoniennes, Mr Wea also highlighted what he called uncontrolled immigration into New Caledonia.

However, voting rights are restricted to long-term residents and indigenous Kanaks.

The meeting reportedly discussed tensions between the US and Iran and the trade rivalry between the US and China, backing calls to respect international law.

The Non-Aligned Movement, which has more than 100 members, was formed almost 60 years ago as a group separate from either the US- or Soviet-led blocs.

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