West Papua Leaders attending their first United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Summit at the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila this week, have said when the Vanuatu Government hands over to them the title to the secluded land and the key to the building on the land where Crow’s Nest is this afternoon, it is going to be the best thing that has ever happened to the West Papua struggle, to symbolize Melanesian blood that has flowed for freedom for the last 60 years.
Last week, three of the leaders spoken to by Daily Post could not hold back their joy and broke the news then quickly took it back saying the Government would have to be the one to break the news.
MP for Port Vila and Minister of Land, Ralph Regenvanu explains, “The Council of Ministers has agreed to assist the ULMWP by providing a lease title on which is a newly-renovated office building which will become the Office of the ULMWP in Vanuatu.
“The lease title will be in the name of ‘ULMWP and Further Arts’, so they will be joint owners of the lease and building.
“Further Arts is a local charitable association which works to promote the arts and which has been assisting with the West Papua cause for many years.”
The handing over of the property on December 1 is significant because it is a day to remember the first raising of the West Papuan Morning Star flag 56 years ago.
Below is the programme for today that will see the Government of Vanuatu formally handing over the property to West Papuans and Further Arts.
• 2pm: Vanuatu dignitaries, West Papua Leaders, invited guests and general public gather at Fatumaru Bay.
• 2.30pm: Commemorative walk to Ceremonial Ground led by SDA Brass Band and Operasi Papua Merdeka (Military Wing)
• 3.30pm: Arrival at Ceremonial Ground and everyone seated
• 3.50pm: Flag Raising Ceremony and ‘Hai Tanaku’ Anthem
The keynote speech will be delivered by Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, followed by the handing over of the land lease title by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and finally the handing over of the building keys to ULMWP and Further Arts by Land Minister, Ralph Regenvanu.