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PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Sept. 7) - French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru asked for European funding at the OCT Forum, in Greenland, for an underwater telecommunication cable linking Hawaii to French Polynesia, the French language daily "La Dépêche de Tahiti" reported Tuesday.

Temaru and a Tahitian delegation are attending the 5th Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Forum in Greenland.

According to "La Dépêche de Tahiti," Temaru will also talk about the underwater telecommunication cable during meetings with EU (European Union) officials in Brussels, Belgium.

The total cost for this operation should be around US$90,000,000.

The OCT Forum should mainly put an accent on "climatic changes and the reheating of the planet, which threaten even the existence of several members of" OCT.

OCT is made up of 20 overseas countries and territories, which are linked to four European Union member states:United Kingdom (11 members), France (six members), the Netherlands (two members) and Denmark, which has special relations with OCT member Greenland.

France's three Pacific overseas territories - French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna - are OCT members.

During his stay in Europe, Temaru also plans to go to Iceland, Strasburg, Montpelier and Paris.

September 8, 2006

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