NEW CALEDONIA'S PRESIDENT ATTENDS UN DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE

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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (July 12, 2000 - OFO)---New Caledonia's President Jean Lèques last Friday left for New York, where he is taking part in the United Nations' decolonization committee meetings, daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

For his first participation in a UN meeting since he became New Caledonia's first president last year, Lèque is accompanied by the Government's Secretary General Bernard Deladrière and regional cooperation officer Gérard Baudchon.

Apart from New Caledonia, the United Nations will also review East Timor, Guam, Tokelau, American Samoa and Pitcairn, which are also on the UN decolonization list for the Pacific region.

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