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New Caledonia

New Caledonia Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2003 Reviews of Fiji and Papua New Guinea are not included in this issue. For a nonelection year, 2003 proved to be an eventful one in New Caledonia. This was the 150th anniversary of French annexation and also the fifth year of the landmark Noumea Accord peace agreement between pro-independence Kanak and loyalist French residents and their respective allies. French President Jacques Chirac visited, as did other metropolitan officials, to give assurances of State support for the ongoing processes of economic development and devolution of governing powers to the territory over the next fifteen years, and to encourage further negotiations to resolve lingering issues. It was a time to reflect on the results of the accord so far and to prepare for the 2004 provincial elections. The role of New Caledonia and other French Pacific territories as vehicles for French initiatives in the region, and the issue of Polynesian migration from Wallis and Futuna--and the consequent KanakWallisian violence in St Louis--generated further debate, as did the location of an important Kanak identity symbol in Noumea, the capital. In March, Elie Poigoune, a Kanak teacher who is president of the New Caledonia chapter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2003 Reviews of Fiji and Papua New Guinea are not included in this issue. For a nonelection year, 2003 proved to be an eventful one in New Caledonia. This was the 150th anniversary of French annexation and also the fifth year of the landmark Noumea Accord peace agreement between pro-independence Kanak and loyalist French residents and their respective allies. French President Jacques Chirac visited, as did other metropolitan officials, to give assurances of State support for the ongoing processes of economic development and devolution of governing powers to the territory over the next fifteen years, and to encourage further negotiations to resolve lingering issues. It was a time to reflect on the results of the accord so far and to prepare for the 2004 provincial elections. The role of New Caledonia and other French Pacific territories as vehicles for French initiatives in the region, and the issue of Polynesian migration from Wallis and Futuna--and the consequent KanakWallisian violence in St Louis--generated further debate, as did the location of an important Kanak identity symbol in Noumea, the capital. In March, Elie Poigoune, a Kanak teacher who is president of the New Caledonia chapter

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 31, 2004

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