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[New post] MSG membership for United Liberation Movement for West Papua postponed due to legal technicality

WordPress.com dailyvanuatu posted: " The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders' meeting, currently being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, yesterday deferred its decision to welcome the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a full member of MSG until another meeting pla" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest MSG membership for United Liberation Movement for West Papua postponed due to legal technicality by dailyvanuatu The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders' meeting, currently being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, yesterday deferred its decision to welcome the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a full member of MSG until another meeting planned for Port Vila in September. The MSG says this decision was taken as the wording of MSG's rules for membership needs to be clarified to ensure that ULMWP, a liberation movement, is granted the same membership status as MSG founding member (and fellow liberation movement), Front de libération nationale kanak et socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia. MSG associate, Indonesia, the colonial occupier of West Papua, opposes ULMWP joining the MSG, and is supported by Fiji and Papua New Guinea. However, three out of the five founding members of MSG – Vanuatu, FLNKS and Solomon Islands – support full membership for the West Papua liberation movement. PNG PM Peter O'Neill, a vocal supporter of Indonesia, is currently fighting for his political life as his government faces a vote of no-confidence today in PNG's parliament. O'Neill has also come under attack from former Prime Minister of PNG, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, for opposing West Papuan independence in defiance of the overwhelming support of PNG's people for the decolonisation of the other half of the island of New Guinea, where he says "our ancestors roamed freely over our shared land and sea for centuries prior to colonial and Christian interventions". Here's the full text of the MSG's statement on the decision: Read more of this post dailyvanuatu | July 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Tags: FLNKS, Indonesia, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MSG, politics, Solomon Islands, ULMWP, Vanuatu, West Papua | Categories: The Daily Digest | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-1ed Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/29HPjfj Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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