Pacific New Caledonia 16 Jun 2017 Unity bid among New Caledonia’s loyalists

Four New Caledonian anti-independence parties have agreed to a joint declaration of unity ahead of this weekend’s run-off election of a new French National Assembly.They call to work for a New Caledonia that stays with France and lives in peace.

This comes amid worsening rifts within the anti-independence camp which have been exacerbated by the election campaign.

An unsuccessful candidate and former president Harold Martin said in this weekend’s run-off, voters should choose the pro-independence candidate Louis Mapou over Philippe Gomes, who is the most prominent anti-independence politician and the incumbent in the Paris seat.

The local National Front chapter also urged voters not to vote for Mr Gomes.

A senior member of the Republicans Gael Yanno said unless there is a change the loyalist camp will end up destroying itself.

The declaration said there is a need to prepare for a future within France as the independence referendum is due next year while there is huge change of the political landscape in France.

The sudden rise of the Emmanuel Macron-led movement has removed all French veteran leaders who had been involved in the decolonisation process outlined in the 1998 Noumea Accord.

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/

Le Pen expected in New Caledonia

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front
Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front Photo: AFP

The deputy leader of France’s National Front Louis Aliot is expected in New Caledonia this weekend as part of the party’s presidential election campaign.

Mr Aliot is reportedly due to prepare the visit of the party leader Marine Le Pen who is expected in Noumea early next year as part of her campaign to win the French presidency.

Ms Le Pen visited New Caledonia three years ago when she called for an independence referendum to be held as soon as possible.

The National Front is opposed to independence of France’s Pacific territories which are both on the UN decolonisation list

At the weekend primaries were held of The Republicans and in New Caledonia, a former president Nicolas Sarkozy won most support but came only third in France.

However France-wide, the two top contenders were two former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe who will have a run-off this weekend for the nomination.

Mr Juppe, who campaigned in the French Pacific in July, won most votes in the primaries in French Polynesia.

Keanggotaan Kaledonia Baru dan Polinesia Prancis dalam PIF Dipertanyakan

Suva – Untuk pertama kalinya, rencana keanggotaan penuh Kaledonia Baru dan Polinesia-Prancis dalam Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) dipertanyakan. Sekretaris Jenderal PIF, Dame Meg Taylor menyatakan bahwa rekomendasi keanggotaan kedua teritori tersebut belum disahkan dalam sebuah piagam (charter).

Dame menyampaikan hal itu ketika memberikan pidato kunci dalam konferensi organisasi nonpemerintah di Pasifik (PIANGO) yang ke-8 di Suva, pekan lalu. “Dari sekretariat, kami terus mengklarifikasi dampak praktis dan dampak legal dari keputusan yang direkomendasikan oleh forum pemimpin Pasifik ini,” ujar Dame Meg.

Ia menambahkan, pihaknya banyak menerima pertanyaan tentang kriteria menjadi anggota PIF yang mewajibkan negara telah merdeka dengan kedaulatan penuh. Sementara, Kaledonia Baru dan Polinesia-Prancis masih berada di bawah kedaulatan Prancis.
Ia juga mengatakan bahwa banyak pihak berkepentingan dengan adanya hak penentuan nasib sendiri yang diperjuangkan di Kaledonia Baru dan Polinesia-Prancis. Yang pasti, kedua negara tersebut masih termasuk dalam daftar negara-negara yang harus didekolonisasi di Perserikatan Bangsa-bangsa (PBB).

Seperti diberitakan, dalam pertemuan forum pemimpin Pasifik yang berlangsung di Pohnpei pada September 2016, para pemimpin sepakat merekomendasikan agar PIF memberi keanggotaan penuh kepada Kaledonia Baru dan Polinesia-Prancis dalam organisasi yang kini berusia 45 tahun itu.
Selain kedua negara itu, PIF juga menerima pengajuan agar Papua Barat yang kini menjadi bagian dari Indonesia menjadi anggota penuh PIF. Selain itu, PIF juga menerima permohonan dukungan agar Papua Barat merdeka dari Indonesia.

Atas permohonan itu, Dame Meg mengatakan bahwa hal itu bisa saja asal berdasarkan aspirasi mayoritas penduduk dan tidak dilakukan dalam suasana penuh konflik sosial.
Baru-baru ini, enam negara anggota PIF, yaitu Kepulauan Solomon, Vanuatu, Nauru, Kepulauan Marshall, Tuvalu dan Tonga memanfaatkan kesempatan berbicara di Sidang Umum PBB untuk menyuarakan hak orang-orang Papua.
Dalam usianya yang ke-45, PIF telah seringkali digunakan oleh negara-negara anggota untuk mengadvokasi negara-negara tetangganya yang tidak memiliki status internasional. Landasannya jelas, yaitu prinsip fundamental berupa hak menentukan nasib sendiri sesuai dengan pasal 1 Piagam PBB. (*)

Sumber: http://www.tabloid-wani.com/2016/11/keanggotaan-kaledonia-baru-dan-polinesia-prancis-dalam-pif-dipertanyakan.html

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