Solomons Pressure Group Wants Clarity On West Papua Issue

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Malaita Ma’asina Forum calls on government to make it’s stand clear

By Bradford Theonomi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 9, 2015) – Outspoken pressure group, Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has strongly urged the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to make clear its stand on the West Papuan issue.

President, Charles Dausabea said, whilst MMF is very supportive of the government’s policy framework and its progressive works.

"MMF wants the government to make clear its stand on the West Papua issue."

Dausabea said, MMF has made its stand clear from the previous government that it will stand along its fellow Melanesian brothers of West Papua.

"We have not moved nor changed our stand, freedom for our Melanesian brothers and sisters it is," he said.

"Where does our Democratic Coalition for Change Government stand on this issue," he questioned.

The President said, they have heard enough of genocide killings of innocent people and its time the country support them for true freedom.

"Groups and individuals support including that of our government’s support will at least give our brothers and sisters some hope to relief."

He added acknowledging government whatever steps taken on this issue but wants a clear and strong truth.

MMF’ General Secretary, Charles Ashley said, like Solomon Islands during the protectorate days, West Papua is striving for freedom except that the situations are different.

The number of deaths and killings in West Papua are in big numbers since it happened. That number could have been the total population of Solomon Islands.

"Imagine, entire Solomon Islands population swiped out instantly as such over decades."

The government needs to make clear now, our brothers and sisters from West Papua are suffering, said Ashley.

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