That evening (Thursday) we reached a political agreement (on a referendum), and, last but not least, we had confidence. But there is still a lot of work- said French Prime Minister Eduard Philippe.
The independence referendum was envisaged by the agreement on the consistent decolonization of the archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, which has the status of overseas territory of France, signed in 1998.
The exact date of the referendum has not yet been determined, but it must take place no later than November 2018.
New Caledonia - a special administrative and territorial entity of France, located in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, is a group of islands in Melanesia, bordered by the economic zones of Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu. Its population is 245 thousand people, mostly Melanesians and French, the capital is the city of Noumea. In the 1980-90s, mass demonstrations took place in the country demanding independence.