Unity of the separatists, creation of a party, Convention of partners and upcoming discussions with the State: what we can learn from the interview with Charles Washetine, spokesperson for Palika

At the end of the Convention of the partners, in Paris, where the separatists were not present, Charles Washetine, spokesman of the Palika, speaks for the first time after the discussions, as a guest of Sunday on NC the 1st. With a speech rather open to discussions with the State.



It was through the voice of its spokesman Charles Washetine that the independence party Palika confirmed its desire to meet the 3th partner of the Accords. He should do so in November, during the visit of the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories, Gérald Darmanin, and the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Jean-François Carenco. Here is the essential of what we can retain from the interview with Charles Washetine, political guest on Sunday evening of Steeven Gnipate.

What is called into question, at least pointed out by us (the Palika), as being a problem, is the functioning of the Front (FLNKS) and also the question of the mode of decision “, begins the Palika spokesman calmly. He regrets the non-participation of the separatists in the discussions in Paris and tackles in passing his partners from the Caledonian Union, the RDO and the UPM, who have decided not to go to Paris anymore: “It was we who asked for an extraordinary meeting of the political bureau in Wagap (October 13, 2022) to explain what is happening. The Union Calédonienne confirmed its desire not to go to Paris, followed by the RDO who should be the head of the delegation for the meeting. Finally, the UPM and the Palika were the only ones who wanted to go to Paris.” He recalls that, on September 15, the independence delegation, received by the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, had taken a “explicit commitment” to go to Paris.

It’s a bogus referendum! We denounced it, we continue to denounce it, but we had to find the thread of the dialogue. Unfortunately after Wagap’s expanded office, the UPM retracts and the Palika somehow finds itself alone.

Charles Washetine, Palika spokesperson

Charles Washetine points there a ” instrumentalization of the FLNKS “. “Naturally, in view of the commitments of each and every one, there are other issues within the movements, which unfortunately rub off on the functioning of the Front, in particular with regard to the monitoring of the decolonization process which is engaged with France. “To know that the renewal of the authorities will take place at the end of the year.

Two days after the Partners’ Convention which took place in Paris, Friday, October 28, which the separatists did not attend, Charles Washetine hopes that the discussions will open fairly quickly, because the 2024 calendar is quite busy with the renewal of political authorities. It’s necessary ” for us, that the question of the exit from decolonization be dealt with, to have strong indications to see how we can free ourselves from the question of the Nouméa Accord.”

The Palika spokesman believes that he is doing “to the end of the process”. “The agreement is transitional in nature. The engine of decolonization is the transfer of powers. Today, we are coming to the end of the powers that are not transferred. We have to work on it.”

To this question of the participation of the separatists in the working groups, proposed at the end of the Convention of the partners, Charles Washetine is slow to answer and ends up letting go ” definitely “. And to continue: “oWe will see for the moment, we said it at Carenco, there are subjects which fall within the competence of the local community. It is necessary to dissociate the subjects to avoid making amalgams. Those which fall under local authorities must be dealt with by local institutions. On the other hand, the subjects concerning the shared competences, it is necessary to see how these could be transferred to New Caledonia. I am thinking of the sovereign, defence, justice, etc. These skills could be exercised in a shared manner within the framework of independence in partnership, which we call for.

Today, what the Palika expects above all is to discuss with the State.If we had held this referendum under normal conditions, perhaps we wouldn’t be here. The State, until now, had remained deaf to the demands of the independence movement, we are renewing the dialogue somehow.

For him, the state is “obsessed” by the Indo-Pacific strategy, but he recalls that the presence of France cannot be achieved without “endorsement of those who live in this Country.”

If we had held this referendum under normal conditions, perhaps we wouldn’t be here.

Charles Washetine, Palika spokesperson

Charles Washetine recalls that the process of decolonization “drawn by three“(the State, the separatists and the non-separatists), during the Matignon and Nouméa agreements, in particular for the accession to full sovereignty. “We hope that this period that is opening deals with these fundamental questions., he insists. ” Things cannot be done without the Kanak people !”

“These skills could be exercised in a shared manner within the framework of independence in partnership, which we call for. »

Charles Washetine, Palika spokesperson

As for the creation of the new Caledonian Sovereignty party, this Saturday, in Bourail, the leader of Palika is clear on this point: “those who are running in this new party are other personalities who do not find themselves within the Caledonian Union, who remain independentists despite everything, but who want to display, according to what they say, their own identity, says the spokesperson. Munfortunately, there is a fairly communitarian configuration, because most of the leaders are nationals, let’s say, of the “Caldoche” community.

For Charles Washetine, there is no need to engage in “these forms of combat carried out by the communities”. “We need to work for the emergence of a people, of communities of destiny as enshrined in the Nouméa Accord”he pleads.

An interview with Steven Gnipate can be found here.

Unity of the separatists, creation of a party, Convention of partners and upcoming discussions with the State: what we can learn from the interview with Charles Washetine, spokesperson for Palika – New Caledonia the 1st