New Caledonia Independence Leader: Shooting Incidents 'Tip Of Iceberg'

Goa says many issues need addressing to resolve public disorder

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 31, 2017) – The president of the pro-independence party, Daniel Goa, issued the statement saying a handful of individuals has disturbed public order with impunity for years and given St Louis an image that isolates it.

This comes as the road leading south near St Louis remains closed after unidentified gunmen shot at travellers and police late on Sunday. 

[PIR editor's note: On Jan. 31, 2017 RNZI reported that 'French authorities in New Caledonia have reopened the road south of Noumea but will close it again tonight at 7pm local time to ensure public safety. ... Unidentified gunmen fired shots at passing cars near St Louis late on Sunday, prompting police to close the road.']

The High Commission said talks would be held with the customary authorities in St Louis today in a bid to end the shootings and attacks which have left 16 police officers injured in the past three months.

Mr Goa said his party supported any initiative to cope with deliquency yet he noted a number of factors contributing to the crisis.

He cited a school system which is out of sync with the labour market and businesses failing to accommodate the young.

Mr Goa has appealed for calm and help for the security forces to maintain order.

He has also appealed to those who have come from the outside and want the territory to stay French to refrain from provocations.

Radio New Zealand International
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