MSG Leaders Defer Decision On West Papuan Membership

A ‘legal wording’ issue in ULMWP’s application cited as justification

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, July 14, 2016) – Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders have ‘deferred’ deliberations on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s application for full membership, a decision attributed to legal wording issues.

MSG Chair, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced late this evening.

Mr. Sogavare says a special committee will be tasked to tackle the legal hiccup before MSG re-look into the application.

He explains a special MSG summit will be held in September to reconsider ULMWP’s application to be a full MSG member.

The closed-door meeting at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara went on till late this evening.

[PIR editor's note: On July 14, 2016 Solomon Star reported that 'Hudnreds of West Papua advocators in Solomon Islands and the region have gathered at the SMI compound in West Honiara to show their support for West Papua as a bid for full membership is mounting at the Melanesian Spearhead group meeting this week. ... Organised by the Solomon Islands Solidarity Movement for Free West Papua and the Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO), the rally has attracted Solomon Islands and regional student activists, CSO and church leaders.']

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