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Parties walk out of meeting over New Caledonia's electoral rolls

New Caledonia's anti-independence parties have walked out of a meeting at the French High Commission in Noumea to discuss the electoral rolls for next year's provincial elections.

Under the Noumea Accord voting is restricted to indigenous Kanaks and those who have been residents in the territory since 1998.

The Accord expired after three referendums in which a majority voted against New Caledonia attaining full sovereignty, though the last one, in December 2021, was boycotted by the Kanaks.

The anti-independence leaders said by next year the roll must be opened either for those who have lived in New Caledonia for at least three years or for everyone.

They said they would refuse any further discussions on the basis that the roll remains restricted.

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