24 Juni 2013

West Papuans welcome Malanesian support

The Melanesian Spearhead Group says it "fully supports" the right of West Papuans to self determination.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

Speaker: Sean Dorney, Pacific correspondent for the Australia Network
Dr. John Otto Ondawame Wakil Ketua WPNCL saat menyampaikan pernyataan WPNCL dalam sesi pleno MSG Summit di Noumea (Jubi)
DORNEY: It said that they noted a road map in relation to the application for membership and that that road map should be based on clear and achievable time lines. There is no decision yet on this application, but the application is still alive as it were.

What was interesting, I think, is that the very first line of the decisions in relation to the membership was an endorsement that the Melanesian Spearhead Group fully supports the inalienable rights of the people of West Papua towards self-determination. They said this is provided for under the preamble of the MSG Constitution.

And the West Papuans were very happy with that commitment to supporting their rights for self-determination. The second point was that they endorsed the concerns of the Melanesian Spearhead Group regarding human rights violations and other forms of atrocities relating to the West Papuan people and that these be raised with the government of Indonesia bilaterally and as a group. That's another one that the West Papuans were very pleased to see. I think it's the first time that the word "atrocities" has appeared in an MSG communique in relation to West Papua. 

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