MSG Meeting Gets Underway In Solomon Islands

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, June 22, 2015) – Foreign Ministers of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have begun their official summit in Honiara today and applications for memberships is one of the meeting’s top agendas.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Milner Tozaka told his MSG counterparts there needs to be a consensus to issues which MSG senior officials had discussed last week.

[PIR editor’s note: SIBC reported that ‘The incoming chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers Meeting, Hon. Milner Tozaka has called for continued solidarity in making the sub-regional group, MSG, remain relevant. ... The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister says together MSG nations can
confront challenges and issues individually faced in members sovereign jurisdictions through bilateral cooperation and sharing of models of good practice. ... He adds the block can also work together as a combined force to address and meet challenges, some of which are global and transcend national borders.’
]

Minister Tozaka said according to the MSG’s establishment agreement – decisions are based on consensus and nothing will be agreed on unless there is a collective agreement.

A decision the Foreign Ministers need to make relates to applications for the different MSG membership categories.

The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister told MSG Foreign Ministers he hopes recommendations they submit to MSG Leaders is an ultimate decision that is balanced.

"I know there is great interest in our countries, in the region and beyond on these issues. However, as all of you know, according to the establishment agreement of the MSG decisions are based on consensus. This means nothing is agreed unless everyone agrees collectively. To this end, I hope that when we discuss this issue we will be guided by the wisdom and that whatever recommendations we submit to our leaders for the ultimate decision is one balanced and is
sound."

The MSG Foreign Ministers are meeting at the Heritage Park Hotel.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that ‘The West Papuan group applying to join the regional agency, the Melanesian Spearhead Group, says it would accept observer status but wants full membership. ... The secretary general of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octo Mote, says
membership is needed to highlight the human rights abuses in the Indonesian region.’
]

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