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Lhe honor of France appeared in the principle ideas of the Nouméa settlement in 1998. The State acknowledges its “mistakes” as a result of a “colonization” Who “undermined the dignity of the Kanak people” and proclaims that the “decolonization is the way to rebuild a lasting social bond”.

There are sadly few different examples, in our tumultuous colonial historical past, of such lucidity on the a part of public authorities concerning the colonial crimes dedicated by our nation, and of such political voluntarism to attain an actual rebalancing. Indeed, to do that, the Nouméa settlement gives for a “rebalancing” political, social and financial in favor of the Kanak and proposes to “restrict the electorate to people established for a certain period of time”.

Since the Eighties, the structure of the New Caledonian electoral physique has gone by means of quite a few advanced levels and institutional reforms, all guided by the precept of higher illustration of the Kanak peoples. This was the case of the Matignon Accords in 1988, which marked the start of an assumed means of decolonization and opening of the voters to indigenous populations.

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This identical precept guided the Nouméa Accords ten years later, by means of the institution of a selected electoral physique giving the Kanak a casting vote in sure elections. Since then, measures have been repeatedly taken to encourage registration on the electoral lists, particularly by means of annual revision operations of the voters.

Put the Prime Minister again on the middle of the political sport

Beyond the principle ideas, successive French governments and the events concerned in New Caledonia have carried out for many years a collegial methodology of dialogue, following within the footsteps of the late Jean-Marie Tjibaou (1936-1989) and c, two enemy political leaders who have been in a position to overcome their variations for the widespread good and future of their archipelago and its inhabitants.

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To these ideas and this methodology was added a type of custom geared toward making the Prime Minister the conductor of this dialogue. The mobilization of the pinnacle of presidency, each a mark of consideration for the events and a assure of going past, has guided the debates for a number of many years, from Michel Rocard, to Lionel Jospin till extra lately Edouard Philippe. It is these nice ideas, this platform for dialogue and this consideration which are dangerously withering away, and the present majority bears a heavy accountability.

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