New Caledonian officials have designated Sunday, November 4, as the day on which the territory will hold a referendum regarding independence from France. On Tuesday, March 27, officials will meet to determine the wording of the referendum. The issue of independence is a source of significant conflict in the territory, with large numbers on both sides of the issue. Political rallies and protests are likely in the coming months leading up to the referendum.
The Nouméa Accord of 1998 provided for an independence referendum to be held between 2013 and 2018 to determine the territory’s relationship with France.
Individuals in New Caledonia are advised to keep abreast of the sociopolitical climate and avoid all protests and political rallies as a precaution.
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