“I was shocked to see that Emmanuel Macron, on New Caledonia, wanted to activate the referendum” | EUROtoday

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As president of the socialist group within the National Assembly, Jean-Marc Ayrault attended, in 1998, the signing of the Nouméa settlement alongside Lionel Jospin, earlier than registering for the publish of Prime Minister, from 2012 to 2014, in his footsteps and people of Michel Rocard.

What do you consider the President of the Republic's statements in New Caledonia?

I used to be shocked, even shocked, to see that the president wished to activate the referendum to resolve the query of the voters, even when he has since reversed course. I used to be interviewed on May 2 on the National Assembly by the rapporteur of the constitutional invoice reforming the New Caledonian voters. [le député Renaissance Nicolas Metzdorf, figure de la droite loyaliste à Nouméa]. I remorse that he didn’t heed the warnings I had given. These warnings weren’t political. I had recognized the errors that had been made, such because the appointment, as Secretary of State, of the loyalist Sonia Backès, the truth that Matignon was now not the guarantor of respect for the Nouméa agreements, the holding of the third referendum , regardless of the Kanak's request for postponement to respect the mourning interval after the Covid-19 pandemic.

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I had really useful the institution of a brand new mission to resume the dialogue. The composition of the electoral physique is a really delicate challenge for the Kanaks, it couldn’t be dissociated from an general political settlement. To ignore this side was a political mistake. All the situations have been there to result in a disaster. Rather than heeding these warnings, the rapporteur most well-liked to say that colonization was over. This accumulation of errors is a waste in view of all of the efforts made by native communities and the State for thirty-five years.

The President of the Republic himself doesn’t point out this query of decolonization…

I remorse that the President of the Republic doesn’t tackle it whereas the UN consists of New Caledonia within the territories a part of this course of. The first individuals, the Kanak, the dispossession of their lands, their relegation to reserves, the standing of indigenous individuals, all of this has created deep injustices and inequalities, even when a lot progress has been made because the Matignon agreements. , in 1988, and Nouméa, in 1998. The recognition of a particular citizenship, the connection with France: these are questions which can be nonetheless related right this moment. We are in an extended technique of decolonization, which has not come to an finish.

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