NEWS ( Melanesian/Pacific) 11 September 2012.

 

1) Haiwara long PNG i kamapim dai blong pipol na bikpela bagarap long ples

Updated 11 September 2012, 18:25 AEST

Ripot i kam long Papua New Guinea i tok sampela pikinini i dai taim bikpela ren i kamapim ol graun bruk long Southern Highlands.

Ripot i tok graun bruk long Southern Highlands i kilim sampela pikinini. (Credit: ABC)

Ripot i tok dispela birua i bin kamap bihain long bikpela ren , em i bin go het long sampela dei long hap.

Martin Mose blong National Disaster Centre i tok haiwara i rausim sampela bris na dispela i kamapim bikpela heve blong planti tausen pipol husait i save isuim dispela bris.

“It’s the infrastructure that is causing great concern right now,” em i bin tok.

“They’ve been destroyed.”

Mr Mose i tok ol atoriti i wok long skelim dispela ol bagarap na i tok, National Executive Council em i bilip bai tok aut long ol mani halvim igo long dispela bagarap.Radio Australia.

2)PNG floods bring death and damage

Posted 11 September 2012, 17:04 AEST

Several children have been reported killed as heavy rain in the highlands of Papua New Guinea causes flooding and landslides.

Reports say a landslide near Mendi, in Southern Highlands province, buried three children.

The incident and several other landslides followed several days of heavy rain.

Martin Mose, from the National Disaster Centre, says swollen rivers have damaged at least six bridges, leaving tens of thousands of people isolated.

“It’s the infrastructure that is causing great concern right now,” he said.

“They’ve been destroyed.”

Mr Mose says authorities are still trying to assess the scale of the damage.

He says the National Executive Council is expected to meet soon to release funds to respond to the situation.radio australia

4:24 pm – Monday 10th September, 2012

3) PNG MUSIC MAKES IT TO NO.1 SPOT ON PACIFIC CHARTS

PAPUA New Guinea music steps up a level on the regional charts with PNG’s own AKay47 & Naka Blood hitting the Number One spot on the Pacific Urban Charts.
The Pacific Charts is an online chart featuring artists from all around the Pacific including the best new music from New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia and many other Pacific nations. The charts are based on popularity of songs chosen by listeners of a New Caledonian radio station as well as votes from online listeners.
AKay47’s song titled ‘Time Is Now’ was a release from his 2nd studio album, ‘Brand Niu Day’ featuring PNG hip-hop group Naka Blood. The young and gifted group teamed up with AKay47, also known as Allen Kedea, to co-write the modern, urban style track which speaks of a need for change in PNG music and standing up for what you believe in.
AKay47 created a new standard in music video production to promote the song and his efforts have been noticed on the international scene. When asked how the song ‘Time Is Now’ got noticed, Mr. Kedea gave an insight into the power of social media and how to use platforms such as Facebook for marketing and promoting one’s own music.
“A lot of my fans communicate with me through Facebook and YouTube so I thought it’s best to do a high quality music video which I can then use to help promote my new album online. I also wanted to promote new music in PNG so we shot the whole film clip in POM city showing life here in town and in the village.
“I wanted to keep it real and also show some good sides of Moresby like the beautiful view up at Paga Hill, Touaguba Hill, Ela Beach, Sea Park and of course my mother’s village in NCD, Vabukori,” He said.
AKay47’s award winning album is available at all Fone Haus stores in Port Moresby and Lae with the Vision City Fone Haus outlet being the biggest seller. The remix to the hit song ‘South Pacific Beauty’ which received an award for Best Collaboration 2011/12 at the Yumi FM Musik Awards earlier this year is also featured on the album.
AKay47 can be contacted at his ALLEN KEDEA FUZZY WUZZY VINYL Koki Studio in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, via email address: allen@akay47.com

4) Billion kina loan a major risk to PNG

By KONOPA KANA

The O’Neill-Dion Government’s K6 billion loan from the EXIM Bank of China has been described as risky.
Institute of National Affairs Director Paul Barker sounded the warning yesterday adding government must be prepared to address a financial debt scenario given the 10 year tax free holiday for the largest revenue earner PNG LNG project means revenue will not be due until 2023.
He said that the government of PNG is taking a major risk with such a large loan.
Mr Barker said that the total revenue coming from the Mining, Oil and Gas projects have a possibility of a shortfall in tax revenue because of the fall in the price of commodity and the appreciation of Kina against major foreign currencies.
He said given this scenario, it is not good to borrow from foreign currencies.
He said that this current situation will see that PNG has to repay the loan plus the interest and the process must be transparent as possible to avoid individual interest.
According to Mr Barker under the Chinese loan agreement, other potential tenders in the LNG will be limited because Chinese contactors will be given preference in line with the Chinese loan agreement.
However, Esso Highlands Limited Media Advisor Rebecca Arnold said that the State and landowners through Mineral Resource Development Corporation (MRDC) have 19.4 percent share in the PNG LNG Project. When production starts, royalties will be paid.
Ms Arnold said that at this stage, the amount of royalties and other benefits are unknown, as these amounts paid are dependent on a number of variables, including the oil price.
She said that also, there is no “tax holiday”.
Deputy Opposition Leader Belden Namah said that this loan will bring the total foreign debt of the country to K8.6 billion and K14.6 billion overall which is equivalent to 45 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a level that is considered not sustainable by international standards.
Mr Namah said that the impact of this loan to the PNG economy and on future budgets in terms of interest payments and fees represents a major risk to the stability of the budget and the country as a whole because at present, the country is paying K460 million per annum in loan interests alone and the billion Kina loan will push interest loans much higher.
He also questioned why the Prime Minister has circumvented the Department of Treasury in the loan arrangements and is challenging the government to explain to the people of PNG on the terms and conditions of the loan.
According to Mr Namah sources inside the Department of Works and Transport said that the Prime Minister is converting the Department into a State- Owned Enterprise and the K6.0 billion loan will be parked and managed through this new entity outside of the Department of Treasury.
The Opposition is challenging the Prime Minister to explain to the people of Papua New Guinea:
nWhy only after a few days in Office, he is rushing to secure this huge loan without considering its impact on the economy, on the budget and the implications on the lives of the people in terms of inflation pressures and prospects of the agriculture farmers and export- oriented industries;
nWhy the PM has sought to circumvent the Department of Treasury which is the agency authorised under the Public Finance (Management) Act to negotiate and manage public loans on behalf of the State;
nWhy he intends to convert the Department of Works into a State Owned Enterprise.
Mr Namah asked: “Why is there a lot of secrecy surrounding this loan? What is the structure and the terms and conditions of the loan?
“What is the K6.0 billion going to be used for? Is there an infrastructure development plan?
“If there is a Plan, what are the details of the Plan and why was this not publicly disclosed?”
Mr Namah said that it will be interesting to see what players are brought in to operate this scheme and the governments’ policy platform which is a major emphasis on private public partnership with our public enterprises.
He said while this may be good, ‘we sense the possibility of a grand scheme being engineered for cronies to partner our public enterprises at the expense of our people’. http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20120911/tuhome.htm

5) NBC staff urged to do best

By Online Editor
10:15 am GMT+12, 11/09/2012, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Communication and Information Jimmy Miringtoro told National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) staff their utmost job remained in the delivery of effective services.

Speaking to them at 5-Mile in Port Moresby last Friday, he said: “We are embarking on changes to bring to this country and I would like full cooperation from the staff to make these new initiatives workable.”

He told them that during the past 40 years the country had achieved less in actual developments because successive governments intervened less into performances of the departments.

“We, in this 9th parliament, are very serious about the development of the nation and we are all calling on our individual departmental staff to pull up their socks and work.”

He said he would not tolerate slackness and urged all to do to do their utmost best.

Miringtoro also called on employees not to cause inconvenience within the department through infighting when jostling for senior positions.

“Changes in government does not mean junior officers should try to get to the top levels occupied by another as this would only hinder positive developments.”

He said if staff were facing problems in their career or in their lives, they should approach their senior staff with their grievance.

“Talk with people who will help you. If your grievance needs urgent intervention then appropriate authorities such as the governing board can help.”

He said the right channel of communication should be followed for common understanding among staff.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

6) 110912Electoral outstanding
By Aloysius Laukai

Electoral officials lives and properties on Bougainville may be in danger after outstanding from the National General election remains unpaid due to no funds.

And officials from the districts remain in Buka since June in the hope of getting these funds and settling paymeents for cars used during elections,caterers and other service providers to election officials.

A assistant returning officer from one of the notorious area of Bougainville told New Dawn FM that he has remained in Buka since the counting because service providers are waiting for him at home and the Provoncial Electoral Office remains silent on these issue.

When contacted by New Dawn Fm the Bougainville Electoral Manager, REITAMA TARAVARU said that all calculations have been made and sent to headquaters but they have been waiting since July.

NEW DAWN FM understands that if these outstanding remains it would be very difficult to run a byelection for 3 vacant seats in the ABG house of representatives.

The three seats are for Hagogohe constituency left vacant when former member, ROBERT HAMAL SAWA resigned to contest the National election, seat for RURE constituency was left vacant after the former member, PAUL MITU died And the seat for PEIT was left vacant as the member and former Bougainville Premier, Dr. Alexius Sarei is down due to old age.

7) 060912BOUGAINVILLE LEADERS UNITE
By Aloysius Laukai

The people of Bougainville will for the first time see their national parliament members attend the ABG HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE meeting next week when the house sit for the September session starting Tuesday.

According to the new Regional member for Bougainville,JOE LERA all four Bougainville national members,LAUTA ATOI the member for North Bougainville,Communications Minister and member for Central Bougainville, Jimmy Miringtoro,the Minister for Bougainville affairs and Autonomy and member for South Bougainvillle,STEVEN PIRIKA and MR LERA himself will be present.

Mr.Lera said that the four national members will be attending the meeting as a united group unlike in the past and since the inception of autonomy for the region in 2005.

Regional member, Lera has assured the people of Bougainville that their members attendance compliments the recent reconciliation between the four blnational members and the ABG leadership in Port Moresby.

Mr. Lera said that in his term in office he will endeavour to work with three open members and the ABG to address the autonomy issues between the national government and the people of Bougainville through the ABG.

NEW DAWN FM understands that the four national members have never attended ABG HOUSE meetings at any one time together.

8) Malaitans responding to development message: Solomons deputy PM

Posted at 02:21 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

Solomon Islands’ deputy prime minister says people in Malaita have come to realise that offering their land to the government for development is the only way to progress.

Manasseh Maelanga’s comment follows a ceremony in which the government handed 10 tribes in East Malaita Perpetual Estate titles to their land so it can be used for palm oil plantations.

The Auluta Palm Oil Project is the province’s first major economic development project in 34 years of independence but land issues have frustrated several years of effort to get it underway.

Mr Maelanga says the government is to lease about six-thousand hectares of land and now needs investors.

“People now start to know that it’s time for them to start developing their land. That’s the only way that they can get something, I mean like, helping them and helping their people, their tribes and all these. So they’re really happy.”

Manasseh Maelenga says although the government still needs more land for the project the aim is to start planting the land it has already acquired by early next year.

Radio New Zealand International

9) Subsidies for uneconomic services part of maritime sector aid in Vanuatu

Posted at 02:21 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

Support from the Asian Development Bank and the New Zealand aid programme for the Vanuatu maritime sector will include subsidies for some services.

The Vanuatu Shipping Project also includes wharf upgrades and the establishment of a Maritime Safety Administration.

The multi million dollar programme will be spread over five years with the ADB providing a soft loan of nearly 33 million US dollars, New Zealand granting 12 point 6 US dollars and the Vanuatu Government providing just over 3 million.

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Bill Dobbie, says they want to ensure there are services to areas that are presently considered uneconomic by private operators.

“The areas that will be targetted by that Shipping Support Scheme will be the northwestern part of the island of Santo, the northern most islands ofVanuatu in Torba Province and the southern most islands in the Tafea outer islands group.”

Radio New Zealand International

10) Vanuatu’s Malekula becomes first island to export copra to Philippines

Posted at 08:38 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

Malekula Island in Malampa Province in Vanuatu has become the first island to export copra direct to the Philippines.

In the past copra would have to transported to Luganville for export.

The Daily Post newspaper reports Vanuatu copra and cocoa exporter, Sethy Lui, saying his company has successfully exported 402 tonnes to the Philippines.

Mr Lui says he is impressed with the interest from copra producers who increased the initial estimated tonnage of 150 to 402 in less than a month.

The ship that took the copra also unloaded bags of cement which are now on sale at a much cheaper rate than the same product from Australia.

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11) Abide by law, says Fiji Constitution member Professor Nandan

By Online Editor
1:14 pm GMT+12, 11/09/2012, Fiji

Fiji’s Constitution Commission member Professor Satendra Nandan believes the solution to safeguarding against the abrogation of the proposed new constitution would be for those in power to abide by the document.

“The only guarantee is if the people feel this is their constitution and the second is those coming into power follow the constitution in a way that is fair to all the citizens,” he said.

“The final guarantee is the major institution of our government, the military and the many other social and intellectual institutions protect the constitution as best as they can.”

Prof Nandan said people must believe in the new constitution and those in power must not abuse the document.

“That is why we are very concerned with listening to the people first not only physically listening but listening with the heart and mind and to see what are the anxieties in people’s hearts, what are their fears, what hope must they care for freedom and do they care for democratic rights?

“Democracy is not an easy thing, it requires sacrifices, compromises, accommodation, understanding of each other, sharing of resources, sharing of whatever we have, so you get a fair society.”

Prof Nandan said for the new constitution not to be abrogated, society should believe in the rule of law.

“You get an independent judiciary, corruption is removed, the government does not or people in power do not abuse power but empower the people.

“There are leaders whose presence empower, there are leaders who can trample on your rights but there are leaders who present you a part of the great enterprise called nation-building.”

Meanwhile, Nadroga villager Ulaiasi Losevu Nainoca is concerned that the new constitution could spell the end of the iTaukei rights of ownership to land, culture and other issues dear to their hearts.

Presenting his submissions to the Constitution Commission team at Talenavuruvuru Bure in Sigatoka, Nainoca urged the commission to consider the rights of the iTaukei in the new constitution.

“I firmly believe that the Western democracy has taken away the rights of the iTaukei and it has taken away the privileges of the iTaukei,” he said.

“Western democracy has led to the diminishing of our iTaukei traditional values and other traditional customs we treasure.

“I am worried that this new constitution will destroy the rights of the iTaukei and we might lose all our culture, traditions, values and religion and other things that are dear to us.”

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

12) Concern on native issues

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ulaiasi Losevu Nainoca addresses the Constitution Commission panel with interpretor Joji Qaranivalu in Sigatoka. Picture: JAI PRASAD

NADROGA villager Ulaiasi Losevu Nainoca is concerned that the new constitution could spell the end of the iTaukei rights of ownership to land, culture and other issues dear to their hearts.

Presenting his submissions to the Constitution Commission team at Talenavuruvuru Bure in Sigatoka, Mr Nainoca urged the commission to consider the rights of the iTaukei in the new constitution.

“I firmly believe that the Western democracy has taken away the rights of the iTaukei and it has taken away the privileges of the iTaukei,” he said.

“Western democracy has led to the diminishing of our iTaukei traditional values and other traditional customs we treasure.

“I am worried that this new constitution will destroy the rights of the iTaukei and we might lose all our culture, traditions, values and religion and other things that are dear to us.”Fijitimes.

13) Tonga govt disputes special committee report on Chinese loan

Posted at 08:38 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

Tonga’s Minister of Finance says he is confident no one will face charges over the approval of a loan from a Chinese bank for the Nuku’alofa rebuild.

The loan of 50 million US dollars from the Exim Bank of China was administered by the Nuku’alofa Development Corporation and approved by cabinet to be used after the 2006 riots.

A special parliamentary select committee has found the loan was illegal because changes to the contract were not put to the house.

But the Minister Lisiate Akolo says they are disputing parts of the report, including the claim the loan was against the law.

“There are legal differences in the interpretation of the Act, the Public Finance Management Act. We don’t think there is any problem but they think there are some problems but we don’t think so. I don’t think so myself.”

Lisiate Akolo says they have asked for the bank to forgive 60 percent of the loan and may ask for the remaining 40 percent to be forgiven later.

The Government is expected to formally accept or reject the report tomorrow.

 Radio New Zealand International

14) Tonga’s contingent to Afghanistan to guard Prince Harry’s camp

By Online Editor
10:28 am GMT+12, 11/09/2012, Tonga

The safety and well being of  United Kingdom’s  Prince Harry are among the responsibilities of Tonga’s 5th contingent to leave for Afghanistan this week.

The Queen’s grandson is in Afghanistan on a four-month tour, based in Camp Bastion in the volatile Helmand province, where he will be on the front line in the NATO-led war against Taleban insurgents.

This is where the Tongan troops are based.

Tongan contingent leader – Captain Toni Fonokalafi says his troops will continue their usual tasks at camp Bastion, as well as protecting Prince Harry.

Before their departure, a prayer service for the 55 member contingent was held at Taliai Camp in Fua’amotu.

The 5th contingent leaves Friday to the UK to undertake up to 7 weeks of training before their dispatch to the Middle East to replace the 4th contingent. They are expected to complete their mission in mid-2013.

Assisting Captain Fonokalafi is Captain Tevita Fotu and the Platoon leader is Lieutenant Latu Vaha’i.

In a related development, Afghan Taleban says they are doing everything in their power to try to kidnap or kill Britain’s Prince Harry, who arrived in Afghanistan last week to fly attack helicopters.

“We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taleban spokesman, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.

“We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him,” Mujahid added, declining to go into detail on what he called the “Harry operations”.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was not worried about the Taleban threat against Prince Harry.

“That’s not a matter of concern,” Rasmussen told a news conference in Brussels on Monday. “I mean, we do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan whatever might be their personal background.”

Britain’s Ministry of Defence declined to comment on Mujahid’s statement. British authorities have given few details of Prince Harry’s stint in Afghanistan for security reasons.

The 27-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, took up his new role two weeks after being photographed frolicking naked in Las Vegas.

Known in the military as Captain Wales, he first served in Afghanistan in 2008 as an on-the-ground air controller, but his tour was cut short when a news blackout designed to protect him while he was on the front line collapsed.

SOURCE: RADIO &TV TONGA/PACNEWS

15) Guam doctors call for law changes to combat high cancer death rates

Posted at 02:21 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

The Guam Medical Association says high rates of smoking and binge drinking have led to a high prevalence of lung and liver cancer in Guam.

The Medical Association says cancer is the second most common cause of death in Guam, with lung cancer the biggest killer followed by liver cancer, which has a death rate about three times that of the United States mainland.

A Senior partner for health consulting services, Dr Annette David, says lifestyle changes need to take place to reduce the rate of cancer but says these are not easy unless certain policies are changed.

“So for instance our smokefree law, that the higher taxes on tobacco, that’s the way to go. For alcohol use, in 2010 we raised our minimum legal drinking age from 18 to 21. And so far we’ve seen beginning declines in alcohol consumption among young people.”

Dr Annette David says with Guam outside the framework convention on tobacco control it faces difficulties in pushing for advertising bans or graphic warnings on cigarette packets.

Radio New Zealand International

 16) Rich nations commit to help Pacific fight climate change

By Online Editor
4:36 pm GMT+12, 11/09/2012, Cook IslandsThe Pacific Islands have obtained commitments from developed countries to help them protect their marine environment, and stave off threats from climate change and rising sea levels.

At the Pacific Islands Forum last month United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced an investment of US$25 million over five years to make coastal communities more resilient to extreme weather in the short-term and to rising sea levels over the longer-term.

And Australia announced and investment of AU$58 million (just over US$60 million), specifically to improve weather and sea-level data, both of which are essential for adaptation planning, in the forum countries.

“[Climate change] is real. It is one [issue] that the leaders of these nations speak about with great passion because all [the nations] are very low-lying lands and [they] are worried they’re going to be swamped,” Clinton told reporters in Rarotonga.

“We understand very well the feelings the Pacific Island nations have about climate change and we stand behind our pledges in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to take prompt, substantial action to help vulnerable countries adapt.”

The US funds will go towards building more resilient infrastructure, drafting energy policies and setting up mechanisms by which small island states can access climate change funding.

The Polynesian Leaders Group — the Polynesian contingent of the Pacific Islands Forum — issued a statement after their meeting, calling it “morally unconscionable” that wealthy nations continue to derive energy from unclean sources, as island nations are disproportionately burdened by the effects of their consumption.

“As you know, in part because of the economy, US emissions are lower than they’ve been in 20 years but, look, we know we have more to do,” Clinton said.
Clinton reiterated that the US will stick to its commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent before 2020. The US carbon emissions comprise the lion’s share of the global total.

The forum brought together 16 small island states in the South Pacific. Another 41 countries also sent delegates, including China, Russia and the US.

Pacific Island leaders also agreed to encourage gender equality in access to education and health, as well as to target support to women entrepreneurs. They requested that developed countries and donors increase financial and technical assistance for women’s empowerment programmes.

SOURCE: SCIDEV NET/PACNEWS

17) University South Pacific signs with Kyoto University

Posted at 08:38 on 11 September, 2012 UTC

The University of the South Pacific and Japan’s Kyoto University have signed an agreement for co-operation and exchange.

The partnership involves Kyoto’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies and its Disaster Prevention Research Institute linking with the USP’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.

Under the arrangement the institutions will exchange scientific materials, students and academics, undertake joint research.

The Vice Chancellor of the USP, Rajesh Chandra says USP and its member countries will greatly benefit from Kyoto’s expertise in areas such as climate change, energy depletion, resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, environmental degradation and disasters.

Radio New Zealand International

18) La France et l’Australie soudées dans le Pacifique

Posté à 11 September 2012, 9:33 AEST

Pierre Riant

Les relations sont au beau fixe entre les deux pays.

Richard Marles, le secrétaire parlementaire aux Affaires du Pacifique du gouvernement australien, est revenu d’une visite à Paris où il a rencontré Victorin Lurel, ministre des Outre-mer.

Richard Marles n’a pas eu de mots assez forts pour nous dire tout le bien qu’il pensait du rôle de la France dans la région.

MARLES : « La France est une démocratie forte et stable qui projette cette démocratie dans une région où la démocratie est jeune et pas totalement acquise. Pour toutes ces raisons, je pense que la France est un acteur positif dans le Pacifique et nous, nous soutenons le rôle actuel de la France dans la région.
Dans mes conversations avec le ministre Lurel, le nouveau ministre des Outre-mer, il m’a parlé du fort engagement de la France dans la région et c’est une bonne chose.
 »

L’Australie est donc en faveur de l’action de France tant en Nouvelle-Calédonie qu’en Polynésie française?

MARLES : « Concernant la Nouvelle-Calédonie et l’Accord de Nouméa, c’est en fait un modèle qui permet aux différentes factions d’un débat de se réunir pour essayer de résoudre leurs différence et éventuellement parvenir à présenter une proposition consensuelle à la population de la Nouvelle-Calédonie sur son avenir. Une intention louable sans aucun doute.
Vous pouvez entendre des personnes des deux côtés, et qui sont issues des expériences négatives du milieu des années 80, et bien ces personnes disent que le processus en cours ne doit pas donner de perdants et qu’elles sont déterminées à trouver une proposition qui tiendra compte des aspirations d’avenir de l’ensemble de la communauté de Nouvelle-Calédonie.
Ce n’est pas facile, c’est un défi de mettre en place ce consensus qui n’existe pas encore, mais la détermination d’y arriver est certainement admirable.
 »

Voilà donc pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Qu’en est-il de la Polynésie Français? Comme chacun le sait, le Forum des îles du Pacifique n’a pas plaidé pour la décolonisation de cette collectivité française lors de son 43ème sommet aux îles Cook.

MARLES : « Notre point de vue est que c’est une question qui regarde principalement la France et la Polynésie Française et qui sera un jour résolue par la France et la Polynésie française. Il ne faut pas mettre la charrue avant les bœufs mais continuer d’encourager cette discussion. Et c’est ce qu’ont dit les dirigeants du Forum il y a deux semaines. Et c’est un bon point, il faut encourager les deux parties à travailler ensemble pour qu’ils progressent dans le domaine de leurs arrangements constitutionnels. »

Et enfin, c’est la coopération qui prime dans les relations entre la France et l’Australie dans le Pacifique.

MARLES : « Nous coopérons avec la France sur le plan militaire, par exemple, avec la surveillance maritime des activités halieutiques et pas simplement dans les zones économiques exclusives des collectivités françaises, mais aussi dans les zones exclusives des nations voisines. Ils jouent un rôle important dans ce domaine et dans les interventions après des catastrophes naturelles.
C’est un mélange de tout ça notre coopération et de ce qu’est la France ; une démocratie stable et solide.

» Radio Australia

 

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