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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 22, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---Negotiations between the government of French Polynesia and angry bus drivers resumed Tuesday.

President Gaston Flosse returned to Tahiti earlier than expected from France in order to discuss the transportation issue with drivers blocking Pape‘ete's western entrances.

The bus representatives said that they cannot work anymore in Pape‘ete due to a new plan that reorganizes Tahiti’s public transportation system.

It does away with the open air "Le Tucks" in favor of modern, air conditioned busses.

Angry bus drivers' representative Edgar Tinorua said Flosse's return to Tahiti was a "gesture of goodwill" and, as a result, one of the two roadblocks at Pape‘ete's western entrances was removed.

The Pape‘ete blockade began last week Wednesday, causing major traffic jams.

Negotiations to settle the matter are continuing.

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

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