West Papuans wait on MSG with bated breath
A West Papuan leader Benny Wenda says the movement has taken heart from a passionate speech by the new chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been elected at the MSG meeting underway in Honiara.
West Papuans are awaiting a decision from the group on their application for membership of the MSG which.would give them their first official recognition in any regional or international fora since incorporation into Indonesia.
Mr Wenda who represents the United Liberation Movement for West Papua says Mr Sogavare's call for solidarity is encouraging.
“I think his speech is the really amazing ever and I think now its time for the Melanesian leaders to show the world that they can handle this problem because this is the longest struggle, 50 years is enough that's why it is time for Melanesian leaders to look at this issue and bring West Papua into Melanesia."
Solomons PM Manaseh Sogavare and leaders of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)