pro-independence president Moetai Brotherson defends decolonization at the UN | EUROtoday

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The President of French Polynesia, Moetai Brotherson, at the White House in Washington, September 25, 2023.

Before leaving for New York, the place he’s getting ready to plead, Tuesday, October 3, earlier than the fourth fee of the United Nations, the new Polynesian president Moetai Brotherson is delighted with a promise made by Emmanuel Macron. The President of the Republic made a dedication to make sure that France would now not apply the empty chair coverage. Every 12 months, for ten years, the French consultant left the room when the decolonization of French Polynesia was mentioned in session. “Tomorrow, France will participate for the first time in the work of the fourth UN committee”confirmed Monday October 2 on his X account (previously Twitter) the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, by posting “a constructive spirit”.

This Tuesday, underneath the watchful eye of Paris, forty-four petitioners will defend earlier than the United Nations the positions expensive to the Polynesian independence get together, Tavini: the anti-nuclear struggle, decolonization and the proper to self-determination. A newer thought must also be offered: the institution of Ma’ohi citizenship, which was the topic of a want from the authorities of Moetai Brotherson revealed in Official newspaper on September 26. If adopted, it might permit residents acknowledged as Polynesian residents to learn from precedence entry to employment and land. The most important subject, nevertheless, for the Tavini get together, stays to get nearer to sovereignty for this French territory in the Pacific.

Short state of grace

The motion succeeded, in 2013, in having French Polynesia reinstated on the UN record of non-autonomous territories to be decolonized. Since then, nothing, or virtually nothing: the autonomist get together, favorable to the presence of France, remained in energy. Its president, Edouard Fritch, received all the votes and was in a position to declare earlier than the UN that the separatists have been in the minority in Polynesia.

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But in 2022, he was soundly defeated in the legislative elections. The three parliamentary seats have been received by independentists: the mental Steve Chailloux, the youngest member of the National Assembly, Tematai Le Gayic, 21, and the charismatic Moetai Brotherson, who was then starting his second time period. The latter turns into his get together’s candidate for the presidency of French Polynesia. In April 2023, Moetai Brotherson, 53, was elected Polynesian president and dubbed by the historic chief of his get together, Oscar Temaru, 78, his father-in-law, mayor of Faa’a and founding father of the independence motion in 1977.

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