Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1) Activists welcome delegation

3) Pacific News Minute: Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit Convenes in Solomon Islands

Vanuatu Daily Post

1) Activists welcome delegation

                                    By Len Garae 
                         Dalesa delegation VFWPA delegation in front of West Papua activists
Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:00 am
By Len Garae | 0 comments
The Vanuatu Free West Papua Association (VFWPA) delegation to the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands, led by Presbyterian Church Elder Job Dalesa, was warmly welcomed by a solid wall of West Papua activists draped in the West Papua Morning Star Flag at Henderson Airport over the weekend.
Chairman of the Association, Pastor Allan Nafuki who could not attend due to other commitments said, he mandated his spokesman, Elder Dalesa along with Port Vila-based West Papua Office bearers, Jacob Kintor and Pastor Peter to carry a clear message for the Summit Leaders to grant ULMWP full member of MSG and kick out Indonesia.
ULMWP was formed in Port Vila as a result of a historic West Papua Reconciliation Conference hosted by the Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs, and jointly coordinated by the Pacific Council of Churches and Vanuatu Free West Papua Association in December of 2014.
A powerful PIANGO delegation led by its Chief Executive Officer, Emelee Duituturaga was also welcomed at Henderson Airport in like manner.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Post earlier this year, the PIANGO CEO confirmed her organisation’s staunch call to MSG Leaders to grant full membership of MSG to ULMWP, and for Indonesia to be kicked out of the Melanesian sub regional organisation.
A google translate of posting on Facebook. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link below.
Merauke, KNPBNews - Wednesday (07.13.16) In order to support and welcome the full membership ULMWP in MSG, at Merauke planned mass action will move four points towards the Parliament’s office in Merauke at 09.00 WPB, but the joint military / police already more initial mass arrests of the four points and the action taken to Merauke police. Massa captured all the action amounted to 260 people including 38 children and 1 infant aged one year and ten months. The arrest and detention in the Merauke police for nine hours from o'clock. WPB 08:30 - 16:30 WPB and mass action repatriated.
Devices seized action, namely, 4 Megapond, 4 Bendera KNPB, four banners, and 4 Tali Command / raffia.
Merauke, KNPBNews - Rabu (13/07/16) Dalam rangka mendukung dan menyambut keanggotaan penuh ULMWP di MSG, di Merauke direncanakan aksi massa akan bergerak dari empat titik menuju kantor DPRD Merauke pada pukul 09.00 WPB, namun gabungan aparat TNI/Polri sudah lebih awal melakukan penangkapan massa aksi dari empat titik dan dibawah ke Polres Merauke. Massa aksi yang ditangkap semua berjumlah 260 orang diantaranya 38 anak-anak dan 1 balita usia 1 tahun sepuluh bulan. Penangkapan dan penahanan di Polres Merauke selama 9 jam dari pukul. 08.30 WPB - 16.30 WPB dan massa aksi dipulangkan.
Perangkat aksi yang disita yaitu, 4 Megapond, 4 Bendera KNPB, 4 Spanduk, dan 4 Tali Komando/rafia.

3) Pacific News Minute: Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit Convenes in Solomon Islands
The twice postponed summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group gets underway in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands this week.The big issue will be West Papua, and as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, there could be a showdown.
Both The United Liberation Movement for West Papua ...currently an Observer...and Associate member Indonesia have lobbied hard to become full members of the MSG this year...the ULM appears to have three votes, Indonesia two and since both claim to represent the same people, there may be no way to split the difference.
In a telling exchange earlier this year, the current MSG chair, Manasseh Sogavare, prime minister of the Solomon Islands, vented his frustration after Indonesian President Joko Widodo refused to meet with him to discuss human rights issues. “Indonesia,” Sogavare said, “had only joined the Melanesian Spearhead Group to protect its own interests. Those comments were not based in reality, shot back a senior Indonesian official, and amounted to a violation of the MSG's principles on sovereignty and non interference to boot. “Which prompted a senior MSG official to pointedly remind Jakarta that one of the group's overarching principles, is the decolonization of Melanesia.
The rhetoric has only escalated since- Sogavare said Indonesia has put indigenous people on the brink of extinction in West Papua and called for the United Nations to address what he called "genocides." In addition to the Solomon Islands, The ULM can count on support from Vanuatu and the Kanaks of New Caledonia...Jakarta claims the backing of Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

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