Full membership for West Papua expected in December


12647239_999033480138593_7034413163573519973_nWhether Papua New Guinea and Fiji attend the next Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders’ Summit in Port Vila or not, come the second or third week of December, the Leaders of New Caledonia, the Solomons and Vanuatu will grant West Papua full membership of the MSG.

The announcement by the Chairman of MSG and Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, was made at a meeting with the Chairman of Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, Pastor Allan Nafuki and his Executive, West Papua prominent Leaders Jacob Rumbiak and Benny Wenda and Andy Ayamiseba in Port Vila.

Upon hearing the confirmation from the Chairman of MSG, the Chairman of VFWPA said he smiled a long overdue smile and breathed a sigh of relief saying, “Now I can go to my home island of Erromango and have a peaceful sleep with my grandchildren, with no disturbance whatsoever”.

Comparing Vanuatu’s bondage of 74 years before eventual freedom arrived on July 30 of 1980, Chairman Nafuki said West Papua has been suffering colonial brutality and death for 54 years under Indonesian rule.

“I believe the time is approaching when the Melanesian people of West Papua are going to start enjoying some form of self-determination”, he said with confidence.

“Furthermore, let me stress that 100% of every civil society organisation in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji are supporting this move (by the Chairman of MSG). I want to stress the ratio (of support at) 100% and I want to emphasise 100%”.

The Chairman said he had looked forward to welcoming West Papua (through ULMWP) as a full member of MSG in Honiara in July of this year.

However he said when Pastor Peter, Elder Dalea and Charlie of VFWPA travelled to Honiara then he learned that the objective was not achieved, he became sad.

While Chairman Nafuki did not explain what exactly happened in Honiara, independent sources claimed PNG and Fiji walked out of the Summit. This time around in Port Vila they made similar excuses to delay the meeting, he said.

The Chairman continued, “I had been hoping that this time in Port Vila, we would have some positive news about West Papua. We organised a Civil Society Organisations Parallel Work Forum at the Vanuatu Christian Council Murray Youth Centre to coincide with the MSG Summit.

“Then we learn that the date has changed yet again to December this year and as Chairman of VFWPA, I am very disappointed”. READ MORE.