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UN May Discuss French Polynesia Autonomy Within 2 Months
Leaders say UN groups favorable to decolonization efforts

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 20, 2013) – French Polynesian leaders are hoping their bid to be re-inscribed on the UN decolonization list will go to the United Nations general assembly in the next month or two.

President Oscar Temaru has been in New York lobbying for the territory to be added to the UN list of territories to be decolonized.

He presented their draft resolution to the Non-Aligned Movement groups, 120 countries in mainly Africa, Asia and Latin America.

A pro-independence member of the French Senate, Richard Tuheiava, says Mr. Temaru was well received by the groups.

He says the draft resolution is currently under consultation meetings amongst Pacific Small Island Developing States and Non Aligned Movement Member States.

Senator Tuheiava, who is traveling with Mr. Temaru, says they are hoping their resolution will be tabled at the UN in the next month or two.

"It’s very important actually, this is the final move that we have been expecting for so long and actually that we have been working on since 2011."

France is strongly opposed to French Polynesia’s decolonization bid.

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