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PACNEWS Digest: Forum Leaders Urged to be Clear about Maohi Nui’s Reinscription

Written By Voice Of Baptist Papua on September 19, 2011 | 5:47 PM

The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) is calling on Pacific Forum Leaders to be clear about their stand on Maohi Nui’s bid for “reinscription” on the United Nations decolonisation committee's list.

PCC noted that the communiqué of the recent forum meeting concluded a vague statement regarding Maohi Nui’s bid.
Maohi Nui President, Oscar Temaru had sought the forum leaders backing after a resolution passed by a majority of the Assembly for such a move.
The communiqué stated that, “Leaders recalled their 2004 decision to support the principle of French Polynesia's right to self-determination. They reiterated their encouragement to French Polynesia and France to seek an agreed approach on how to realize French Polynesia's right to self-determination.”

“They should clearly state that they support the “reinscription” of Maohi Nui and this should be noted in the communiqué,” said Reverence Francois Pihaate, Acting General Secretary of the PCC. “For too long Tahiti Nui has been fighting for her freedom and it’s time, we, as a Pacific family stand up with a united voice to offer our support,” he said.

Reverend Francois commended the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in making a clear stand on the matter.

A resolution passed at the recent meeting in Nadi, Fiji, stated that the MSG “Supported the re-inscription of French Polynesia/Tahiti Nui on the UN decolonisation committee‟s list as the first step in the process of self-determination, at international level.”

“The Forum Leaders need to take heed of the resolution passed by the MSG Leaders and follow suit. They should not try to “play it safe” by dodging the real issue and trying to cover up by inscribing words of encouragement on the communiqué , because this brushes aside the human rights struggles of the people of Maohi Nui,” Reverend François  said.

During the recent Pacific Church Leaders meeting in Samoa a declaration was passed in support of Tahiti Nui’s plight.

Church Leaders Declaration

“We have listened to the cry of the people of Maohi Nui, of their desire for freedom. We have discerned as Church Leaders and we hear the cry of God within the plea of the people of Maohi Nui. We have heard the appeal by the President of Maohi Nui, His Excellency Oscar Temaru, for the support of churches for the re-inscription of Maohi Nui in the United Nations Decolonisation Committee of 24 list. In this regard, we make the following pledges:

We endorse the request of His Excellency Temaru to assist his lobby for the re-inscription of Maohi Nui in the United Nations Decolonisation List. Further, we pledge our support, individually as churches and as members of PCC, to do all that is within our means to help Maohi Nui attain political freedom.
We welcome the World Council of Churches commitment to advocate for Maohi Nui’s re-inscription in the Decolonisation List of the United Nations.

Beginning in 2012, we will celebrate a day of freedom in support of our brothers and sisters in Maohi Nui, Bougainville, New Caledonia, West Papua and peoples who yearn to be free. We call on the Secretariat of the PCC to designate such a day.
The views expressed in PACNEWS are those of agencies contributing articles and do not necessarily those of PINA and/or PACNEWS. 
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