PORT VILA, VANUATU (25 May 2023): The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat has reiterated its support for the call by the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) on the Administering power to return to the spirit of the Noumea Accord, in the negotiations post-Referendums, which has resulted in the peaceful co-existence of all stakeholders in New Caledonia.

Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Leonard Louma, made the call while delivering his remarks at the Pacific Regional Seminar on the Implementation of the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism in Bali, Indonesia on 24 May 2023.

With the theme “Innovative steps to ensure the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Non-Self-Governing Territories”, the seminar was held under the auspices of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (C-24).

DG Louma said that the FLNKS, a member of the MSG family, consists of and represents the indigenous and colonised people of New Caledonia – a Non-Self-Governing Territory within the meaning of the UN Charter and Resolution 1514 (XV) and entitled to the ultimate objectives of the decolonisation process – that of independence.

“We are here to support the FLNKS and Kanaks call for New Caledonia to be released from the shackles of colonialism.”

“For us at the MSG, that were in the vanguard of action to have New Caledonia re-inscribed on the Committee of 24 list in 1986, we value the recognition by the UN family of New Caledonia’s continuing status as a Non-Self-Governing Territory and by that virtue affording its colonised people’s an entitlement to aspire for independence,” he stated.

DG Louma said that as a party and signatory to the Noumea Accord, FLNKS continues to engage, in good faith, with the Administering Power to achieve its aspirations of full sovereignty. He emphasised that the spirit and intent that went into the framing of the Noumea Accord embodies the “irreversibility” of the process towards full sovereignty.

He noted that the circumstances and manner in which the Third Referendum in New Caledonia was conducted in December 2021 during the height of Covid 19 challenges, and despite calls to defer the referendum by the FLNKS, leaves much to be desired.

This he said, has inevitably called to question the credibility of the process and the legitimacy of the results when 56.13% of the registered voters did not participate in the referendum.

“We remain ready to assist FLNKS in its efforts to seek legal validation of its position on the Third Referendum and the questionable validity of its results,” he added.

DG Louma emphasised that, MSG is of the view that in the absence of a decision by the General Assembly that New Caledonia, a Non-Self-Governing Territory, has attained a full measure of self-government in terms of Chapter XI of the UN Charter, the Administering Power has the obligation to faithfully discharge its responsibilities to prepare New Caledonia for independence within the spirit and meaning of the UN Resolution 1514 (XV).

MSG countries he said, are committed to do whatever they can to help New Caledonia through the FLNKS vehicle attain its aspirations of sovereignty through peaceful means.

“Let us all utilise the opportunity provided by the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism to re-examine our efforts and inject more vigour in our commitment to end colonialism. In some cases we may require to correct course in our strategies and efforts,” he noted.

DG Louma proudly acknowledged Fiji and Papua New Guinea, for their unremitting involvement in the work of the Committee of 24, with regards to specific contribution by MSG to advance the decolonisation agenda concerning the remaining territories on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories (New Caledonia),

“We at the MSG recognise our responsibility to assist with the efforts to prepare the Kanaks and New Caledonia towards the genuine exercise of their right to self-determination and eventual accession to independence status,” DG Louma said.

New Caledonia continues to enjoy invitations from the MSG to participate in our sporting and cultural events, as part of the MSG’s recalibrated strategy and plans, namely their participation at the MSG’s flagship cultural event, the Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFEST), and the MSG Prime Minister’s Cup Football Tournament.

Another is the inclusion of FLNKS Representatives on MSG countries’ Delegations to International Meetings as part of the diplomatic efforts to solicit support for New Caledonia’s independence, among others.

In an effort to build transformative pathways to advance the Fourth International Decade for Ending Colonialism, DG Louma proposed a number of ideas including the proposal that New Caledonia be allowed to enter into Trade Agreements with neighbouring Pacific Countries.

DG Louma concluded that there is an important nexus between the attainment of SDG in Non-Self-Governing Territories and their aspirations of self-determination and independence.

“Actions aimed at attainment of these SDG targets will ensure that when Territories and Peoples to which Resolution 1514 (XV) applies eventually attain full self-determination and independence, they will be better placed to take on responsibilities of governance, better assured of maintaining sustainable economic prosperity, better able to sustain equitable and decent living standards and able to take their seats amongst the family of nations as viable independent states,” he said.

For DG Louma’s full speech please click below:

Caption: Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Leonard Louma delivering his remarks at the Pacific Regional Seminar on the Implementation of the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism in Bali, Indonesia on 24 May 2023.

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.


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. (*)


Up ↑

Wantok Coffee News

Melanesia Foods and Beverages News

Perempuan Papua

Melahirkan, Merawat dan Menyambut


for a Free and Independent West Papua


Memagari untuk Membebaskan Tanah dan Bangsa Papua!

Melanesia Spirit & Nature News

Promoting the Melanesian Way Conservation


The Roof of the Melanesian Elders

Eight Plus One Ministry

To Spread the Gospel, from Melanesia to Indonesia!


This is My Origin and My Destiny

Melanesia Web Hosting

Melanesia Specific Domains and Web Hosting

Sem Karoba Tawy

Patient Spectator of the TRTUH in Action

Melanesia Business News

Just another site

Sahabat Alam Papua (SAPA)

Sahabat Alam Melanesia (SALAM)

Melanesian Spirit's Club

Where All Spirit Beings Talk for Real!

Breath of Bliss Melanesia

with Wewo Kotokay, BoB Facilitator

Fast, Pray, and Praise

to Free Melanesia and Melanesian Peoples from Satanic Bondages