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Leaders look back at achievements

Elenoa Baselala
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

AT the 18th MSG Leaders Summit in Suva in March last year, the leaders admitted the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and the Republic of Indonesia as observers.

The leaders also endorsed the report of the MSG 1st mission to New Caledonia (NC), which took place from June 8-11, 2010.

One of the achievements of that meeting was the leaders' approval of the Regional Police Academy and also in principle the establishment of the MSG Formed Police Unit (FPU).

Between March 2011 and 2012, a notable achievement of the MSG was the recognition by the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) of the group's efforts in New Caledonia's decolonisation.

The committee included and acknowledged the 1st MSG Mission Report to NC in the draft resolution on NC at the UN General Assembly in 2011.

Achievements also included the funding of security programs by Luxembourg, funding of police co-operation programs by China as well as the 2nd MSG technical mission to NC in November 2011.

The MSG Secretariat and the UN Department of Political Affairs Division also concluded letters of exchange on the sharing of information on NC.

Included in the list of achievements on political and security issues was the facilitation of visit to MSG capitals by NC Congress President, Roch Wamytan in December 2011 and March 2012.

The MSG also concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community but the date of signing is yet to be confirmed.


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