MSG happy: Ratu Inoke
By MAIKELI SERU
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is pleased with the progress made in the implementation of the Noumea Accord since 2010 as they head to Nadi tomorrow for more deliberations.
This was revealed by Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Fiji and chair of the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola after the second MSG Ministerial Mission in New Caledonia last week.
Ratu Inoke returned home last night.
“The meeting was to assess the implementation of the Noumea Accord,” he said.
Ratu Inoke said the Mission was pleased with the progress made in the implementation of the Accord since 2010.
This, he said, was evident in the economic activities in the Northern Province. They noted that there are five remaining powers that still need to be transferred under the Noumea Accord.
“There needs to be more awareness on the process leading up to the 2014-2018 referendum including the referendum itself as well as agreeing to clear guidelines for this process.
“Furthermore, the role of the UN Committee of 24 is not clearly understood in some parts of New Caledonia and established institutions, therefore the MSG in consultation with New Caledonia, will consider exploring the option of approaching the UN to conduct joint visits to advance the Accord and identify areas the MSG and the UN could assist in the process.”
The MSG Foreign Ministers will present their findings to the Special Leaders Summit in Nadi, starting tomorrow.
He said other members of the ministerial mission included Alfred Carlot the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu, Moses Garu, Minister of Mines of Solomon Islands; Peter Eafeare, Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Fiji. He deputised on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of PNG; Patteson Oti, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, senior officials; and the director general, Peter Forau and staff of the MSG Secretariat also took part.