PNG Urges MSG Members To Support Kanak Independence

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Deputy PM applauds progress made towards founding MSG goal

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 31, 2013) – PNG is calling on members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to continue supporting the indigenous Kanaks of New Caledonia in their pursuit for independence.

Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion, who attended the group’s 25-year celebrations in Port Vila, Vanuatu, last weekend, said one of the cornerstones for the formation of the MSG was to pursue self-determination for the Kanaks.

"While we still have a lot more work to do to achieve this noble dream for our brothers and sisters in New Caledonia, we must be happy that we have made real progress towards making this dream a reality.

"I must commend the hard-working director general, his staff and our officials for their tireless effort in implementing the leaders’ decisions on this matter," he said.

Dion said PNG was pleased to note that a successful mission was led by the secretariat to the UN headquarters where talks were held with various stakeholders, including meetings with the de-colonization committee.

He said the establishment of the FLNKS (a Kanaks liberation body) unit should also further boost and enable better coordination and coherence in New Caledonia’s effort towards self-determination or independence.

"We must continue to be diligent in our collective efforts so that together we can continue to climb every hill, cross every lagoon and withstand every cyclone to get our New Caledonia brothers and sisters to their promised land."

Dion said PNG made some commitments towards assisting the FLNKS and the Kanaks in education, training and capacity-building and a pledge for financial assistance to establish the work of the FLNKS unit at the secretariat.

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