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Geopolitical storm coming to a head in MSG

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A geopolitical storm is coming to a head in the Melanesian Spearhead Group as the Pacific islands sub-regional organisation considers a membership bid by West Papuans of Indonesia

From Radio New Zealand

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua was formed last year when Vanuatu hosted a reunification summit for West Papuan representative groups.

The Hon.MP for West Maikra in the Solomon Islands, Derrick Manauri says: “It is not a sovereignty issue – it is a solidarity issue, of solidarity of Melanesian states, Melanesian territories in Melanesia. So the precedent is already set. That West Papua as a Melanesian state should be admitted as a member of MSG and not Indonesia. It’s not Melanesia.”

Mr Manuari is urging MSG leaders when they meet for their annual summit in Honiara later this month to listen to remember the reason the group was originally founded – to help the decolonisation of Melanesian peoples.

A geopolitical storm is coming to a head in the Melanesian Spearhead Group as the Pacific islands sub-regional organisation considers a membership bid by West Papuans of Indonesia.

Source: Geopolitical storm coming to a head in MSG | Dateline Pacific, 5:04 am on 8 June 2015 | Radio New Zealand

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