FRANCE’S STATE COUNCIL BACKS FRENCH POLYNESIA'S INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

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FRANCE’S STATE COUNCIL BACKS FRENCH POLYNESIA'S INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

PARIS, France (November 23, 2001 - Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online)---The State Council in Paris has ruled French Polynesia's Department of International Relations is legal.

According to French Polynesia's offices in Paris, the State Council "acknowledges that the January 11th bill creating the Department of International Relations is lawful . . . with some minor changes."

The High Commissioner representing the French Republic in French Polynesia referred the matter to the Pape‘ete Administrative Court.

France's representative said the department was unlawful since France was still in charge of foreign affairs under French Polynesia's 1996 autonomy statute.

But he State Council pointed out that French Polynesia already was in charge of some departments related to international relations (customs, etc). In addition, the 1996 autonomy statute enables the president of the government of French Polynesia "to negotiate and to sign international agreements in all fields."

However, the State Council opinion is not final. It is just regarded as advice before the final ruling of the Pape‘ete Administrative Court.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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