MELANESIAN LEADERS ARRIVE IN SUVA FOR TALKS

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By Losalini Rasoqosoqo SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, March 28, 2011) - Leaders and observers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit have begun arriving in the country.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday confirmed that Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman and Foreign Affairs Minister George Wells have arrived.

Mr Kilman took over Vanuatu’s leadership from Edward Natapei, who had refused to hand-over the MSG chairmanship position to Fiji last year.

Ratu Inoke said Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Peter Shanel arrived at Nausori Airport last evening as well as Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister Don Poyle. He said apart from the leaders, the Foreign Minister of Timor Leste Zacarias Albano da Costa has also arrived.

Timor Leste and Indonesia will act as observers during the meeting after their request to be part of the meeting was accepted.

Ratu Inoke said the first to arrive into the country were the New Caledonian FLNKS (Front de Nationale Kanak et Socialiste) three- member delegation led by Victor Tutugoro

The MSG meeting, consisting of the four Melanesian states of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as well as the FLNKS of New Caledonia began with the trade and economic officials meeting at the Vale ni Bose complex in Suva last week.

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