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Indonesia Is Into MSG

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill stole Solomon Islands leader Mannaseh Sogavare’s thunder after leaders of Melanesian countries signed their communiqué at the end of their 20th meeting. While
27 Jun 2015 11:41
Indonesia Is Into MSG
Prime Minister at the MSG meeting.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill stole Solomon Islands leader Mannaseh Sogavare’s thunder after leaders of Melanesian countries signed their communiqué at the end of their 20th meeting.

While traditionally the host Prime Minister – who in this case was Mr Sogavare – announces details of the communiqué signed, Mr O’Neill jumped the gun and made important announcements to the media.

The leaders at the Melanesian Spearhead Group have agreed to include Indonesia as an associate member, through its five provincial governors in West Papua.

Pacnews reports that while making the announcement, Mr O’Neill said: “Following discussion between the Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries, the groups decided that Indonesia is to be admitted to MSG as an associate member and be represented by the elected leaders of these Melanesian provinces.

“Further to this, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) will be given observer status as a development partner representing the welfare of Melanesian people living outside.”

The announcement was titled ‘breakthrough in engaging with Indonesia’s Melanesian provinces.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been calling for Indonesia to be allowed to join the MSG as associate member.

Other major decisions made:

– The next MSG investment roadshow and trade fair be held this October in New Caledonia;

– Push for lifting of kava export ban in Australia;

– Endorsed the MSG Observer Mission’s report on 2014 Fijian elections;

– The Melanesian Football Cup to be revived; and

– Finalised next meeting to be hosted by Papua New Guinea in 2017.

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