Fiji Time: 7:34 AM on Monday 30 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Group to assess West Papua application

Nasik Swami
Monday, January 13, 2014

THE Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will assess the application by West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) to become a member of the group.

This will be discussed at the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) in Indonesia this week, led by Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

In an Information Ministry statement released on Saturday, Ratu Inoke said the FMM delegation would also be in West Papua for two days during the visit to meet with local government officials and other relevant stakeholders.

"We are happy to undertake this important visit at the invitation of the Indonesian Government to be able to assess the application by WPNCL to become a member of the MSG to enable us to present a recommendation to our leaders," Ratu Inoke said.

"We fully respect Indonesia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and we further recognise that West Papua is an integral part of Indonesia."

Ratu Inoke will also meet Indonesian President Susilo Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

He said the visit would provide an opportunity to learn about the situation in West Papua and understand the aspirations of Fiji's Melanesian brothers and sisters in Papua with regards to their representation by WPNCL in the MSG.

It was envisaged that the visit would also deepen the economic ties and development co-operation between Indonesia and MSG countries.

The visit will be mandated by the MSG leaders who were at the MSG summit in Noumea in June last year.

The meeting ends on Thursday.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Ruthless'
  2. Memorable moments
  3. Register early, NZ Immigration urges
  4. Shape up or ship out
  5. Fiji defeats England in HK 7s quarter-final
  6. PM walks 10km
  7. Fiji wins Hong Kong 7s
  8. One dead, four in hospital
  9. Plan to ban taxi parking in towns
  10. Three dead in Nadi accident

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  2. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  3. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  6. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  9. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)
  10. Key to new home Thursday (26 Mar)