Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1) Papuans will continue to suffer - activist

2) Vanuatu reaffirms support West Papuan membership of MSG
1) Papuans will continue to suffer - activist
Updated at 7:55 pm today
An activist in the West Papuan town of Merauke says Indonesia will continue its "plunder" of the province whether or not it the transmigration policy stays.
The Minister of Transmigration, Marwan Jafar, says it has been a success and should go on.
Yaphet Frangky says indigenous landowners have been frightened off their land by the Indonesian military since 1987.
He says palm oil companies will continue to attract workers regardless of Government policy.
"The problem is still not finished, but big big problem. The workers they don't have transmigration project but they are facilitating the people to come with more projects in Papua."
Yaphet Frangky says Papuan customs and the environment suffer, and they don't benefit from the investment.
2) Vanuatu reaffirms support West Papuan membership of MSG
Updated 10 June 2015, 11:23 AEST

The Vanuatu government says it remains committed to supporting a bid by West Papuan groups for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The foreign ministers and leaders of the MSG countries will meet in Honiara later this month to consider the membership application by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
But in recent weeks the prime ministers of both Papua New Guinea and Fiji have indicated they'd rather see Indonesia made an associate member of MSG.
PNG's PM Peter O'Neill has gone a step further and said he'd like to the governors of Indonesia's Papuan provinces sit at the MSG table as they're more representative than West papuan groups outside Indonesia.
Last week Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman sacked his Foreign Minister Sato Kilman.
Mr Natuman's spokesman Kiery Manassah says Mr Kilman was dismissed primarily for disloyalty, but also because he undermined the government's support for the West Papuan groups.
Presenter: Liam Fox
Speaker: Kiery Manassah, Vanuatu's government spokesman

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