West Papua Seeks Melanesian Spearhead Membership

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Delegation visits chair, Fiji PM Bainimarama

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 29, 2013) – The West Papuans want to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

A West Papua Group delegation led by its vice chairman Dr Otto Ondowame, met Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday and informed him of their interest in joining.

Bainimarama who is the current MSG chair, said this will require extensive consultation amongst members.

The West Papuans also commended Bainimarama for his leadership of the MSG, saying it has gained prominence in regional affairs during Fiji's time at the helm.

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