PACIFIC LEADERS NAMED TO FRENCH ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

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NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (September 6, 1999 - PINA nius online)---Trade union, political and cultural leaders from France’s Pacific territories have been appointed by French Assistant Overseas Minister Jean-Jack Queyranne to the French Economic and Social Council, RFO-radio reports.

Among those who will join the Conseil Economique et Social (CES) for a five year term, is French Polynesian union leader Pierre Frébaut, who also chairs the French Polynesian main trade union umbrella, CSTPFO.

Among the four women who will represent overseas territories worldwide on the Paris-based CES, is prominent New Caledonia cultural figure Marie-Claude Tjibaou, the widow of the late pro-independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou.

Tjibaou was killed in 1989 by hard-liners within his own FLNKS, one year after he had signed the historic Matignon Accords with anti-independence RPCR leader Jacques Lafleur and then French Prime minister Michel Rocard.

Marie-Claude Tjibaou currently chairs the Kanak Culture Development agency (ADCK).

A former Member of Parliament for Wallis and Futuna, Camille Ogata, also was appointed by Queyranne.

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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