Current New Caledonia Political Struggles Threaten Peace

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Former politician says no confidence motion not in nation’s interest

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 27, 2012) – New Caledonia’s veteran politician, Roch Wamytan, has warned that the current style of politics is extremely dangerous for the territory’s peace.

Mr. Wamytan, who signed the 1998 Noumea Accord on greater autonomy on behalf of the pro-independence FLNKS Movement, made the comment after the first no confidence motion was launched since the Accord was adopted.

The motion lodged at the beginning of this month by the Caledonia Together Party of Philippe Gomes was defeated but Mr. Wamytan says the battle for power is being pursued to the detriment of the citizens and the country.

Mr. Wamytan says there is a huge flaw in Mr. Gomes’s view of his party’s electoral success this year because the electorate was a national French one and not one restricted to long-term New Caledonian voters.

He says New Caledonia is mainly a Kanak country and the only place where Kanak people can be found.

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