December 1, 2004

Yet Another Polynesian Update

Talks between Gaston Flosse, the Ferdinand Marcos of Polynesia, and Oscar Temaru, leader of the pro-independence faction broke down when Flosse and his delegation walked out and flew back to Tahiti.

They had demanded that Temaru's folks end their occupation of the Presidential Palace. Most did, at Temaru's request, but a hard core stayed, and Flosse used this as a pretext to scuttle the talks. Since Abu Chiraq and Flosse are buddies, if not partners in crime, Flosse must be counting on support from Paris to keep his snout in the Polynesian trough a while longer.

At least the French haven't started shooting unarmed people, as they did in Ivory Coast.

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