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West Papua issue on MSG agenda

The 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders summit has integrated into its agenda the issue of the movement of West Papua. Incoming chair and FLNKS representative at the Foreign Ministers Meeting
20 Jun 2013 10:40
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama receiving traditional gifts from the Kanaks during welcome ceremony for Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama receiving traditional gifts from the Kanaks during welcome ceremony for Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders.

The 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders summit has integrated into its agenda the issue of the movement of West Papua.
Incoming chair and FLNKS representative at the Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) Caroline Manchoro said currently MSG’s stand is only to assess and monitor.
“We will be looking, assessing and monitoring regularly to find a solution to the West Papua issue,” Ms Manchoro said.
“But we have to keep in mind the issue relating to West Papua due to the bilateral relations between countries that are concerned.”
Ms Manchoro said under FLNKS chairmanship, no decision would be made that endangers the bilateral relations of MSG member countries.
“We (FLNKS) have to make sure that the decision taken does not jeopardize the relations among countries including the solidarity of MSG,” Ms Manchoro said.
Fiji and Papua New Guinea stance in dealing with the West Papua issue is to include Indonesia in any discussions undertaken on the matter due to it being a sovereign state.
More discussions on the issue will be undertaken when the Leaders Summit proper begins today.
– MINFO NEWS



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