May 4, 1988 |
French security forces wearing flak vests and armed with automatic rifles took up positions on street corners Tuesday after French loyalists vowed to retaliate against Melanesian separatists in this troubled South Pacific island territory. " Violence ou valise ," declared conservative loyalist leader Justin Guillemard, suggesting that the loyalist majority must either meet the recent wave of separatist violence with violence or pack their bags and leave.
February 22, 1987 |
The Soviet Union is taking advantage of a complex of economic, colonial and nuclear issues, including the tendency of U.S. tuna fishermen to thumb their noses at local peoples, to penetrate deeper than ever before into an area of the globe that the United States has long thought of as its own: the South Pacific. Last year, for example, the Soviets bought licenses to fish off Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands, whose capital, Tarawa, was captured by U.S.
May 5, 1988 |
French security forces freed 23 French hostages in an assault on a remote jungle cave today after a 14-day drama that threw this South Pacific island territory into one of its worst political crises, government officials announced here.
May 3, 1988 |
For the past 11 days and nights, the young Melanesian rebel leader holding 23 French hostages in a cave has not let go of his ax. It is the same ax, French authorities say, that was used to hack three French gendarmes to death when the hostages were seized. Of that, authorities say they are certain, because the young Melanesian has refused to wipe the gendarmes' blood from the ax blade. The blood apparently serves as inspiration for the kidnapers, who the French charge have "the madness of God."
November 7, 1988 |
French voters Sunday approved a 10-year peace plan for the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia, where white settlers and Melanesian separatists have been involved in a bloody ethnic conflict since 1984. Opposition political leaders charged that the record-low turnout for the referendum, which grants limited autonomy to the archipelago until a vote for independence scheduled for 1998, was a "slap in the face" to the Socialist government of Premier Michel Rocard.