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Action Alert - Te Ao Mahi petition
Peace Movement AotearoaPO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173, email@example.com
Issued 22 May 1998
Kia ora, re the Te Ao Maohi petition circulated to PMA's national list yesterday (copy below in case you missed it), the deadline has now been extended, paper copies will be available from PMA in the first week of June. In the meantime, please continue to forward any email reponses to Zohl
Please distribute to your networks !
Dear Friends of Te Ao Maohi (French Polynesia)
The era of actual nuclear weapons testing in Te Ao Maohi may have come to an end but France maintains it's grip on the land and its people.
France is dismantling its facilities on Moruroa and Fangataufa (dumping wastes into nearby waters) but still refuses to relinguish its political control over Te Ao Maohi.
The Maohi people are moving for their independence (as they have done since France arrived in their homeislands in the 1840s).
They are requesting the United Nations to re-inscribe them on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, the international community's first step towards independence. For this to happen the Maohi must get the support of the Pacific community as expressed by the South Pacific Forum, to be held in the Federated States of Micronesia in August 1998.
They are asking the world's people who spoke out against France's nuclear testing program of 1995 to support them in their desire to become a free sovereign nation once again.
For now, though, please could you add your name (etc.) to this sign on petition and send back to:
Zohl de Ishtar
We need your signature by 30 May so please consider sending it by return email and please send copies of this email on to your friends !
INDEPENDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY FOR TE AO MAOHI (French Polynesia)
We seek our dignity as a people to live freely in our own land.
We, the undersigned, give our support to the Maohi people of Te Ao Maohi (French Polynesia). We call on our governments to support the Maohi people's right to self-determination and independence, to discuss this issue at the South Pacific Forum, and call for the re-inscription of French Polynesia on the list of non-self governing territories, with the United Nations Decolonisation Committee.