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New Caledonia Offered Sovereignty With Ties to France
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jan 8, 1985
Start Page: 11
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Warning against the belief that New Caledonia has only two starkly opposed alternatives for its future, [Edgard Pisani] said: "France and independence. Why say one or the other instead of saying neither without the other? . . . The best solution, doubtless the only solution, is independence, but independence associated with France."

After listening to Pisani's radio speech in New Caledonia, Mayor Roger Laroque of Noumea, the capital, said, "It was blah-blah-blah in favor of independence. Nine-tenths of the speech was based on granting independence, and I am positively against (it)."

A treaty of association between France and New Caledonia, as outlined by Pisani, would leave defense and public security in the hands of the French government. The treaty would spell out how France and New Caledonia would divide their authority over money, justice, credit, international transportation and telecommunications.

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