EXCLUDED EUROPE 1 – New Caledonia: the president of the CCAT wants to maintain pressure during the mediation mission

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The return to calm is becoming more and more concrete in New Caledonia. After the riots which shook the archipelago over the past two weeks, the territory located 17,000 kilometers from Paris has no longer been in a state of emergency since Tuesday morning. The latter was lifted to allow political parties to gather their troops, go to the roadblocks and call for calm. But the rioters do not disarm, still blocking many roads and still threatening several neighborhoods of Nouméa.

“We didn’t do all this for nothing”

At the helm is the CCAT, the Field Action Coordination Cell, a pro-independence organization created in 2023 by several parties, unions and associations. Its president, Christian Tein, met Emmanuel Macron during his lightning visit to Nouméa. But while the head of state seeks to advocate appeasement, the leader of the movement does not intend to ease tensions, underlines a recording made the day after the meeting with the President of the Republic and that Europe 1 was able to obtain.

From the start of the report of his meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Christian Tein is clear: the face-to-face meeting with the French police is not over. “We must not give up. We did not do all this for nothing. We brought 80 years of colonial economy to its knees,” he congratulates himself. “So, we will maintain a level of pressure in the next two months, during the mediation mission. There is no question of significantly loosening the grip,” he continues.

One goal

And in his report, there is no question of talking about New Caledonia, but rather about Kanaky with the Kanaks at its head, the original people of the island. “We have to stop having little pleasures between us. Today, we have to devote ourselves to Kanaky!”, he exclaims to the participants.

For this, Christian Tein pushes logic to the end with, in his sights, obtaining sovereign powers. “The Nouméa agreement is today that we must look at the transfers of the last sovereign powers. We must work on this part. What is the date of the transfers of each person? What timetable?” insists -he. The objective of the president of the CCAT is more clear than ever: full independence of the territory.

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