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Leading New Caledonian pro-independence politician Victor Tutugoro says governments of Melanesian countries have quietly supported the New Caledonian independence cause.
Tutugoro said, however, this had been muted in part because of their bilateral links with France.
He said support for the Kanaks had been channelled through the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)
"The government of Fiji has been very discreet but generally speaking it's been the organisation. With governments it's a different story, they have to be more reserved towards France given their bilateral relation."
Victor Tutugoro said he was yet to speak to delegates of the the Pacific Islands Forum, who visited Noumea for the weekend's independence referendum.
The forum defied France in the 1980s by facilitating New Caledonia's re-inscription on the UN decolonisation list.
Meanwhle, the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has called a meeting of New Caledonia's signatories to the Noumea Accord in Paris next month.
In a televised address in Noumea, Philippe said the talks, also involving the overseas minister, would discuss the aftermath of Sunday's referendum on independence from France.
He hailed the referendum process as a success for democracy, noting that the result, which was for New Caledonia to stay French, is not contested by anyone.
Philippe noted that in the campaign, the focus was on institutional questions while economic and social challenges came second although they are part of the Noumea Accord.
He delivered his speech after a whirlwind series of meetings with leaders of all parties represented in the Congress before flying back to Paris.
SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
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