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Tuesday, June 29, 1999 PINA Nius Online

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PRO-INDEPENDENCE LEADER LEAVES FOR TALKS IN PARIS

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (June 29, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru left French Polynesia on Monday for Paris, where he is to hold talks with the Socialist Party and the French government, RFO-Tahiti reported here Monday.

Temaru, who leads a delegation of his Tavini party, is accompanied by French Parliament member for Tahiti Emile Vernaudon.

They are to meet officials from the French Socialist Party, French Assistant Minister for Overseas Territories Jean-Jacques Queyranne and Bills Commission President in the French National Assembly Catherine Tasca.

Plans call for them to discuss the bill that sets the framework for French Polynesia's larger autonomy status, which was approved earlier this month by the National Assembly in Paris.

TWO POLYNESIANS IN LEADING TEAMS FOR NEW YORK'S LIBERTY CHALLENGE CANOE RACE

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (June 29,1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Two Tahitians were part of the leading teams in the New York Liberty Challenge canoe race which involved over 200 participants last weekend, RFO-Tahiti reported here Monday.

The 15-mile contest, which traditionally takes place in the Hudson River area, features such world famous landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The race involves teams from all over the United States, including Hawai‘i.

Two Tahitian men based in the U.S., Tibert Lucia and Irwin Datutuarai, were part of the competition, respectively as part of the Hawai‘i and San Francisco teams.

RFO reports from New York that the Hawai‘i team won the men's (covering the 15 miles in one hour and forty-five minutes) and women's events. The San Francisco team finished eleventh.

"Organizers and competitors alike seem to wish a stronger participation from Tahitians in future, probably because Tahiti is still seen as the homeland of this sport, the Vaaa," RFO commented.

NEW CALEDONIA'S OLDEST DIES AT AGE 105

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (June 29, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---New Caledonia's oldest inhabitant, Louise Laplagne, died here at 105 on Monday, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported here on Tuesday.

Born on January 26, 1894 in Noumea, Mrs. Laplagne died in the French Territory's capital.

Last January, Noumea Mayor Jean Lèques had paid her a visit to wish her a happy birthday.

Among the guests at that time was Mrs. Maryse Lhuillier, one year younger than Mrs. Laplagne at 104.

160 EMPLOYERS GATHER IN STRIKE-CRIPPLED NOUMEA

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (June 29, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Some 160 disgruntled employers gathered here on Monday to discuss the tense social situation in a strike-ridden Noumea, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported here on Tuesday.

The "information meeting" followed a call from the employers' federation, the local Chamber of Commerce and several employers' unions, after weeks of strike actions affecting several industries in the French territory's capital, including packaging and the domestic airline Air Calédonie.

The main concern, a spokesman said, was to find ways to bring the current social tension and disputes to an end.

"In the current disputes and industrial actions, it's simply about a power relationship, no longer about the social dialogue that should be in place. We should form a common platform, because we'll have to tackle some fundamental problems with trade unions, hopefully in a peaceful spirit. Otherwise, we'll just go straight into the wall," Chamber of Commerce President Michel Quintard told the meeting.

The employers also expressed the wish to involve the French metropolitan and New Caledonian governments in the process.

An employers' delegation earlier this month met French government's outgoing representative in New Caledonia, Dominique Bur, Noumea Mayor and New Caledonia's newly-elected President Jean Lèques and other members of the new government.

"The government has committed itself to setting up a structure to promote dialogue," Quintard said.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine DECLOITRE For more information, contact Nina RATULELE, PINA Administrator, at pina@is.com.fj

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