New Caledonia’s referendum and the struggle of the Kanak people

Daniel Goa

Since its founding in 1984, the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) in New Caledonia has been campaigning for independence from France. Under the 20-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord, the French dependency is moving towards a referendum on self-determination, to be held on 4 November 2018.

In this podcast, the referendum and future options for the Kanak people is discussed by Daniel Goa, president of Union Calédonienne (UC), the largest member of the FLNKS independence coalition. At the February 2018 FLNKS Congress, he was appointed as official spokesperson for the FLNKS in the lead up to the looming referendum on self-determination.

Mr. Goa discusses the FLNKS campaign for the referendum, and how the vote will affect New Caledonia’s relations with Australia and other members of the Pacific Islands Forum. He also outlines the FLNKS proposal for a new republic of Kanaky-New Caledonia and economic options for an independent and sovereign state.

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