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France says Polynesian decolonisation push part of election campaign

France says Polynesian decolonisation push part of election campaign

Updated 1 March 2013, 11:41 AEDT

France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gérard Araud, says the bid to relist French Polynesia with the UN Decolonisation committee is part of the election campaign in the territory.

French Polynesia's president, Oscar Temaru, has travelled to New York to campaign for the territory's relisting on the UN decolonisation list.

But Mr Araud says the issue is also an internal issue for France.

He's told the media in New York it would be more proper and more democratic to wait for the French Polynesians to vote in April and then return to the issue of decolonisation.

Speaker:Gérard Araud, France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations

There is an electoral campaign in Polynesia. We do not think that it is very appropriate to use the United Nations in an electoral campaign for French Polynesia. I think the French Polynesians are going to vote between the end of April and the beginning of May. It would be more proper and more democratic to wait for the French Polynesians to vote so that we can go back to this debate after the elections, in April/May.

There is no emergency: the territory is peaceful, the democratic institutions are working smoothly and properly. We are not in a confrontation-mode. I have said "Please, let's not be used in an electoral campaign; let's wait for the elections in French Polynesia and then go back to this debate". But again, if necessary we are ready for ourselves to reaffirm the rights of the Polynesians to self determination; we are totally open to that. But the question of reinscription on a list is an issue which is an issue not only for France, because we have several members of the Non Aligned Movement who have objections to this proposal. Again, we are in a very cooperative mood.

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