Vanuatu PM Asks Commonwealth To Support West Papua
Carcasses says West Papuans still bound by whims of imperialism
By Ricky Binihi
PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 21, 2013) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses is relentless in his efforts to bring the alleged sufferings and atrocities of fellow Melanesians in West Papua into the international limelight so their plight could be heard.
Again in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the Commonwealth Heads of Governments gathered to meet during the weekend the Vanuatu PM called on all members of the Commonwealth to lend an ear to listen more closely to the cries and heartaches of the people of West Papua.
He said the people of West Papua are still bound by the whim of imperialism and colonialism so "we cannot continue to deny them their rights thus I call on our collective efforts to support their cause."
In 1969 the United Nations sponsored an Act of Free Choice where 1025 men selected by the Indonesian Army in West Papua and asked to vote by raisings hands whether they wanted West Papua be an "integral" part of Indonesia.
West Papua is home to many millions of Melanesians and not just 1025 hand-picked individuals for 1969 Act of Free Choice and recently PM Carcasses told the United Nations General Assembly that it was the UN which messed up in West Papua and the burden of blame rests with the UN so accordingly they should set the record straight.
Meanwhile the Daily Post has been told a press statement from the Prime Minister’s Office that Vanuatu wishes to host CHOGM meeting in 2017 and invited a Team of Commonwealth Secretariat to visit Vanuatu next year to undertake preliminary assessment on existing infrastructure and those we plan to build.
Vanuatu in 2012 hosted the Asia Caribbean Pacific European Union high level ministerial meeting.
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