Bove backs New Caledonia independence group

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

NOUMEA, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - French anti-globalisation crusader Jose Bove has travelled to New Caledonia to campaign for a group seeking independence for the French Pacific territory's indigenous Kanak population.

NOUMEA, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - French anti-globalisation crusader Jose Bove has travelled to New Caledonia to campaign for a group seeking independence for the French Pacific territory's indigenous Kanak population.

Bove arrived Monday to support a union representing Kanaks in its campaign for next month's French parliamentary elections.

"It is essential that the process of (New Caledonia's) accession to independence takes form," he said. "There is a battle going on here for the independence of the Kanak people, a social battle."

Bove also called for New Caledonia's mineral reserves to be nationalised.
 
New Caledonia is around 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from Australia, and is best known for containing about 25 percent of the world's nickel reserves.


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