FRENCH POLYNESIA PRESIDENT FLOSSE IN FRANCE, DISCUSSES ECONOMIC AND AUTONOMY

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (June 25, 2002 – Tahitipresse)--- French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse had a second meeting with the new French Minister for Overseas Territories, Brigitte Girardin, in Paris on Tuesday.

Flosse said they again discussed administration of the economic restructuring fund, which was created by France in 1996 following the end of nuclear testing at Moruroa (Tuamotu Archipelago).

The fund provides funding comparable to that which the testing program contributed to the territorial economy.

Last week, French officials, including President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, said the special fund "will continue."

"I think now everybody agrees on how the fund should operate," said Flosse.

He added that talks for a revised autonomy statute also are still on the agenda.

"We are to meet again in mid-July. Our legal experts (from France and the government of French Polynesia) are to work together on this issue.

"We will see what comes out of it," said Flosse.

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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