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Australian-hosted meeting to craft regional approaches

By Jane Joshua

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 1, 2012) – Member of Parliament for Port Vila Ralph Regenvanu is expected to return today after attending the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) launching in Australia.

MP Regenvanu was among Pacific colleague parliamentarians such as Port Moresby’s Governor Powes Parkop, who were invited on the wish of Senator Di Natale and the Australian Greens alongside parliamentarians from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand and representatives from the IPWP and the West Papuan community.

The launch, which takes place yesterday at the Parliament house in Canberra aimed to build relationships between Parliamentarians in the Australia-Pacific region who are interested in regional approaches to the challenges faced by our neighbors in West Papua.

Previously on the 23-26 MP Regenvanu attended the Oceania Seminar on the Dynamics of Civic Engagement in Gold Coast which brings together key people from the region in hopes to contribute to security and stability of the Asia Pacific while also promoting the development of opportunities for cultural exchange between Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

The project is designed to promote stability in the region and cultural enrichment and exchange between Australia and its neighbors; the seminar aims to find ways of connecting communities in Indonesia with Australians and Pacific Island countries.

Prior to leaving for Australia the Port Vila MP completed a 10-day Political awareness tour on Ambrym, accompanied by the vice president of the Graon and Jastis Pati (GJP) and the proposed GJP candidate on Ambrym Paul Tarsong.

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