FRENCH POLYNESIA SEEKS SUPPORT FOR DECOLONIZED STATUS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 15) – French Polynesian President Oscar Temaru says he has grounds to ask the Pacific Islands Forum again for its support to have the territory re-inscribed on the United Nations decolonization list.

Mr. Temaru says this amounts to the use of a right that is recognized internationally.

France allowed New Caledonia back on the decolonization list in 1986 but has refused to do the same with French Polynesia.

Apart from France, the U.S., Britain and New Zealand still hold Pacific territories classified as colonies by the United Nations.

But next week, the New Zealand government has arranged for Tokelau to have its second referendum on self-government in two years.

New Zealand has so far declined to support Mr. Temaru’s bid for his territory to be decolonized.

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