Fu­tuna King­doms re­ject seabed ex­plo­ration and min­ing

Fiji Sun - - International Business -

The king­doms on the French Pa­cific is­land of Fu­tuna have ruled out al­low­ing any work re­lated to seabed min­ing in their wa­ters, say­ing their stance is fi­nal. The re­jec­tion of any fur­ther ex­plo­ration of the seabed was ex­pressed at a meet­ing in Fu­tuna with French del­e­gates sent to ex­plain the po­ten­tial of min­ing rare earths. The king of Si­gave as well as a leader of the king­dom of Alo told lo­cal tele­vi­sion that any dis­cus­sion about land mat­ters had to held with the cus­tom­ary lead­er­ship and not with the assem­bly of Wal­lis and Fu­tuna.

They said they had seen the neg­a­tive im­pact of ac­tiv­i­ties in French Poly­ne­sia and didn’t want a re­peat of them in Wal­lis and Fu­tuna.

At the be­gin­ning of this decade French teams car­ried out three ex­ploratory mis­sions in the ter­ri­tory’s wa­ters with­out con­sult­ing the lo­cal kings who are of­fi­cially recog­nised by the French repub­lic and on its pay­roll.

The tra­di­tional lead­ers’ view of what com­prises their do­main clashes with the law which grants France the con­trol of its ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone.

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