3 Apr 2023

FLNKS will tell French PM of Kanaks' 'humiliation' over referendum

12:13 pm on 3 April 2023
Caledonian Union leadership meeting

Caledonian Union leadership meeting Photo: FB FLNKS-Officiel

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS says it will tell the French Prime Minister of the Kanak people's "sense of humiliation" over the last independence referendum.

The pro-independence alliance is set to talk to the French State from April 7-15.

Secretary-general of the Caledonian Union, Pascal Sawa, told La Premiere they need to discuss what happened in the referendum vote in 2021, which was boycotted by the indigenous Kanak people due to the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

"The first thing to discuss is the conflict in relation to December 12th, 2021," he said.

"We can not ignore what happened then. The State says there is a right for independence and that the accord is now passed.

"We don't believe it has finished because we feel still feel a sense of humiliation."

In Paris the alliance is set to meet with French Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne.

In a statement the FLNKS said they would discuss crucial topics such as the restricted electoral roll based on the Noumea Accord of 1998 which allows only people with 18 years of presence in the territory to vote.

"The FLNKS reaffirms that the electoral citizens body is irreversible from the Noumea Accord, and that its modification could break the social peace in the country."

They will also choose the next phase in order to progress the Noumea Accord, which in the eyes of the FLNKS remains unfinished.

"The next phase is how we will come out constructively of the Noumea Accord to rebuild something that resembles us and that brings the people of New Caledonia together," the statement said.

The FLNKS statement affirms that all future discussions about the future of the country will be decided and acted in New Caledonia not France.

'We will not reproduce the Accords'

New Caledonia's High Commissioner for the Republic Louis Le Franc said that France would not reproduce the Noumea Accords.

Since taking on his role in Noumea in January, the Commissioner said he was optimistic about future trilateral discussions.

He said it was a shame the last meeting did not involve the pro-independence side.

"We are in a period, post-Noumea Accord, we will not reproduce the Accords and we will hopefully find an intelligent solution for the sake of future generations.

"The French Minister of Interior and French Overseas Minister say they only have one word about the proposed schedule and the way to implement it".