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West Papua on MSG agenda

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, February 16, 2015

THE Fijian Government cannot confirm whether it will support the application by West Papua to be a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola told Parliament last Friday the decision depended on the next meeting of MSG leaders in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in July.

Opposition whip Ratu Isoa Tikoca questioned whether the Government would support the application by West Papua.

"I cannot confirm if Fiji will support the application of West Papua ...," Ratu Inoke said.

"I'm sure the honourable member being a former ambassador to the MSG know very well the process and the application to be considered by senior officials of the MSG and then it goes out to the foreign ministers and then the MSG leaders.

"We have to follow the process so I can't confirm whether Fiji will support the application."

Ratu Inoke said he was willing to table a report in Parliament which came out of the MSG Foreign Affairs trip to West Papua early last year.

This, he said would be able to assist parliamentarians understand the issue better.

Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni said the report would be tabled in Parliament to ensure it was available to everyone.

Ratu Inoke added the applications by West Papua would still had to be considered as they still hadn't gone through the application.

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