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France agrees to hold referendum on New Caledonia independence
17:58, 3 November 2017
France agrees to hold referendum on New Caledonia independence

The voting is planned for 2018

17:58, 3 November 2017

AFP

The authorities of France agreed to hold the referendum on the independence of New Caledonia that should take place next year. Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe claimed this as BFMTV reported.

According to Philippe, the political decision was made concerning the voting on the self-determination of New Caledonia on the basis of the agreement on the consistent decolonization of the archipelago signed in 1998.

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'It is not the less important thing that we obtained the confidence. But we still have a lot to do', Philippe claimed.

It is noted that the referendum should take place until November 2018 and the Prime Minister will pay a working visit to New Caledonia in the end of this month. The sides plan to discuss the details of the forthcoming referendum, including the presence of the UN observers during the voting.

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New Caledonia is a special administrative-territorial formation of France comprising dozens of islands and situated in the South Pacific. The capital of it Noumea and the population equal 245 000 people.

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