Ambassador Peter Ilau: Concerning MSG, Free Papua Not a Sovereign Country
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | 14:37 WIB
Peter Ilau (Netralnews)
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Free Papua Movement (OPM) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) is not a sovereign state. Because of not being a sovereign state then OPM or ULMWP automatically do not meet the requirements of membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
The Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the Republic of Indonesia, Commodore (Ret) Peter Ilau, DMS, CBE confirmed this in a series of interviews with Netralnews.com in Papua New Guinea Embassy office in Jakarta last week.
"MSG has a very clearly in its charter that whoever wants to be a member has to be sovereign country, so West Papua is not sovereign country that automatically they don’t qualify for membership," said Ambassador Peter Ilau.
Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is an international organization made up of four countries in Melanesia, including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as well as the Kanak National Liberation Front of New Caledonia.
The International organization whose existence is more on Melanesia ethnicity (descent) has strong enough influence. The Indonesian government under President Jokowi seems to look at and consider also the strategic of MSG.
So that in June 2015 Indonesia was accepted as a partner member. Indonesia's entry into MSG of course after MSG thought that Indonesia is a country that is also inhabited by Melanesian descent such as residents of East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and entire population in Papua.
Ambassador Peter Ilau said that MSG indeed contained Kanak National Liberation Front in the New Caledonia which is not a sovereign state.
"The Kanak for New Caledonia is a special case because the French government gave them endorsement to be a member of MSG. It is not different the government of Indonesia gave endorsement to West Papua, which probably never happen. But there is a case for the Kanak [received by MSG] and Kanak that endorsed by the government of French. That's why they are member and in MSG the charter is very clear: You have to be a sovereign country, independent to be the member of MSG," Peter Ilau asserted.
Information background, Papua separatist group, which is the member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and also OPM, failed to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group during a Summit held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, Thursday, July 14, 2016. This dashed hopes of the movement to be recognized as member of group of countries that are in the Pacific Islands. (*)