Monday, May 19, 2014

1) Pacific churches call for leaders to listen to West Papuan voices

1) Pacific churches call for leaders to listen to West Papuan voices

2) Latest Vanuatu no confidence vote set to fail
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/244714/pacific-churches-call-for-leaders-to-listen-to-west-papuan-voices

1) Pacific churches call for leaders to listen to West Papuan voices

Updated at 6:34 am on 19 May 2014


The Pacific Conference of Churches is calling on leaders attending a United Nations meeting on decolonisation this week in Fiji to advocate for West Papua to be added to the UN list of non self-governing territories.
A spokesman for the conference, Netani Rika, says when the church leaders met last year in Solomon Islands they reiterated their stand that the people of the Pacific should be free to choose self-determination.
The Pacific Regional Seminar for the Eradication of Colonialism is being hosted by the committee in charge of implementing the UN's declaration on the granting of independence to colonial territories in Nadi.
But Netani Rika says West Papua isn't even on that list.
"What we're calling for at the moment is for Pacific Island countries and their representatives on the C24 to take initiatives which will see that the voices of the West Papuan people can be heard and that West Papua can be placed on this list also."
The Pacific Conference of Churches spokesman, Netani Rika.

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2) Latest Vanuatu no confidence vote set to fail

Updated at 7:50 pm on 19 May 2014


A motion of no-confidence against Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, looks unlikely to garner enough support.
Mr Natuman was elected by 40 of the country's 52 MPs on Thursday after a successful motion of no-confidence to remove Moana Carcasses as prime minister.
Our correspondent says moves are already underway by Mr Carcasses to organise a motion of no-confidence against Mr Natuman.
But Hilaire Bule says Mr Carcasses has only collected 17 signatures so far and needs 27.

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