PNG PM Welcomes Melanesian Arts Festival Participants

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O’Neill: Region’s ‘diversity must be promoted, maintained and developed’

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 30, 2014) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed participants of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture into Papua New Guinea. He made the welcome remarks last Friday during a reception at Parliament House.

"I am proud to welcome you as the leader of the host country, as a brother nation to our family from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, as well as our close neighbours across West Papua, Timor Leste and the Torres Strait.

"On behalf of the government and the people of Papua New Guinea, I am greatly honoured by your visit and warmly welcome you to PNG," he said.

The Prime Minister said as Melanesians gather every four years for this festival, they have the opportunity to highlight the rich and varied arts and cultures of the people.

"This festival is a unique gathering of the most culturally diverse part of the Asia-Pacific; this diversity must be promoted, maintained and developed.

"At this festival, we will see more than 1000 groups from our Melanesian nations showcase the pride of their people," he added. Mr O’Neill said a special MSG leaders’ summit was also held in Port Moresby last week.

"There were some sensitive issues that we needed to discuss, and the outcomes of the meeting were very encouraging."

[PIR editor’s note: The National reported that ‘Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has hailed the Melanesian nations as the economic powerhouse of the Pacific. ... He told a special Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders’ summit in Port Moresby on Wednesday night that "together our region comprises the landmass, bigger population, immense bio-diversity as well as greater economic activity and growth".’]

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