Actually, Pascal Naouna, president of the Union caledonienne, a component of the FLNKS, suggested in 2006 during the 37th congress of the FLNKS that New Caledonia could become a State associated with France to take account of the realities of globalisation.
This was a political concession from the FLNKS in the 1998 Agreement given to the 'Loyalists'.
(140) See also, the views of Paul Neaoutyine, representing the PALIKA, another component of the FLNKS, in L'independance au present; identite kanak et destin commun 2006) 68, 74.
His push to have the reef placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, supported by the leadership of FLNKS
and the Kanak Customary Senate, was honored last year by a Goldman Prize.
(35) The proindependence Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS
), however, sought to restrict the vote to those with at least one parent born in the territory: the Kanak population constituted only 43 percent of the people living in New Caledonia, and the FLNKS
restriction would have excluded large numbers of French and Polynesians who have arrived in the past twenty years.
Not only did Lini advocate a nuclear-free Pacific before the New Zealand Labour Government did from 1984, he also supported the FLNKS. Lini was instrumental in mobilising the Forum on the issue of New Caledonian self-determination.
French representation in the South Pacific has endured adverse Forum reactions before, whether caused by the decolonisation of the New Hebrides, 25 years of nuclear testing in French Polynesia, the Rainbow Warrior bombing, or the treatment of FLNKS demands in New Caledonia.
He maintained this stance when the UC joined the FI in 1979 and then the FLNKS
After several decades of incomprehension, suffering and crises, the Matignon Accords, signed on 26 June 1988 by Michel Rocard, the Prime Minister, Jacques Lafleur, representing the RPCR (Assembly for a Republican Caledonia), and Jean-Marie Tjibaou, representing the FLNKS (the Kanak socialist movement for Caledonia liberation) opened up new prospects for New Caledonia, promising long-lasting peace based on co-existence and dialogue, as well as balanced economic, social and cultural development throughout the territory.
The Noumea Agreement, signed on 5 May 1998 by Lionel Jospin, the French Prime Minister, Jacques Lafleur, and Rock Wamytan, the Chairman of the FLNKS, defined the terms of this consensus at the same time as it laid the foundations for a new relationship between New Caledonia and France.