MSG Decision On West Papua, Indonesia To Create Dialogue

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, June 28, 2015) – Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the decision to bring the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and Indonesia into the MSG is to allow for dialogue between the two groups.

During the MSG leaders summit last week, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted observer status under the regional and international category representing Melanesian living abroad.

The Leaders also granted the associated membership of Indonesia representing the five provinces in Indonesia.

Speaking during a media conference last Friday, MSG Chair Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said, the decision is to bring the two groups into the MSG to amicably discuss issues between them.

"The decision is to bring the two groups, of course, Indonesia as the recognised sovereign authority over Indonesia which includes the West Papua as well, and United Liberation Movement for West Papua to come together and start to talk. It’s not for us to say what they will need to talk about, it’s for them to talk about issues and this became the spirit of what leaders have agreed. The issues of self-determination is a matter between ULMWP and the independent state of Indonesia."

The MSG Chair adds all MSG leaders agreed it to allow the freedom of discussions between the two groups.

"It’s not for the MSG countries to dictate what will need to happen and that is in the spirit of what we say has been agreed to by leaders to allow this flow and freedom of discussions and consultations between the ULMWP and the government of Indonesia."

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