Wednesday, November 15, 2017

West Papua taking on the world

West Papua taking on the world
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Preliminary meeting to confirm date of meeting .Standing are Job Dalesa and Paula Makabory and Andy Ayamiseba (at right sitting)
By Len Garae

“We are going to take on the world, to challenge the world to see us on legal basis for West Papuan right that was abandoned by the United Nations and the international community.
“Historically, it has always been Vanuatu that has been involved in our West Papua struggle and this explains why our United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) is set up in Vanuatu.”
Assistant to the Executive Council of ULMWP, Paula Makabory makes the statement in her capacity as strategist mandated to work with the West Papua Unification Committee, to formalise the agenda for the annual general meeting of ULMWP from November 24 to December 1 in Port Vila.
Longtime resident of Vanuatu and member of the Executive Council of ULMWP Andy Ayamiseba also joins Makabory to confirm the date of the AGM as November 24 to December 1.
The completion of the first term of the ULMWP will be celebrated with the raising of West Papua’s beloved Morning Star Flag on December 1.
She thanks the Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs and Government, the Opposition and people of Vanuatu for all their support.
While the items of the agenda of the meeting remain confidential to the delegates, she says they will endorse the interim bylaws of ULMWP and evaluate the achievements of the organisation. The committee will also announce the result of the AGM on December 1.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of Vanuatu Free West Papua Association Pastor Allen Nafuki, Job Dalesa says they are more than willing to facilitate both the opening and closing ceremony of the meeting.
The spokesman asks all churches throughout the country to pray for the people of West Papua to achieve self-determination as soon as possible.
“The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate the achievements of the organization since its formation at the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila in 2014, to unite the three main resistance groups in West Papua, who have dared to stand up to work for the people of West Papua, to achieve their right to achieve self-determination and political independence,” she says.
One of the priorities was a call from the Melanesian Spearhead Group for all members of ULMWP to unite to work as one, to help MSG make the decision on their application for full membership of the Sub Regional Melanesian Organisation.
Makagory explains, “We have completed our work term from 2014 to 2017 and in line with the request from MSG, now we are still waiting to hear the outcome of our request for full membership of MSG.
“We are going to evaluate our achievements, our challenges and how to encourage other members of the United Nations to stand up for West Papua.
“Also we will be drawing up our work programme for our second term.
“We are looking forward to Pacific Island States as well as ACP and EU countries to stand for West Papua and support us to achieve our self-determination.”
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