DSE: we are not part of West Papua trip

SolomonstarNews.com – DEVELOPMENT Service Exchange (DSE) has rejected claims that it is “officially represented” in a government delegation that visited West Papua last week.

The SI delegation that traveled to West Papua arriving into Sentani Airport in Indonesia's Papua province on 24 April 2018.
The SI delegation that traveled to West Papua arriving into Sentani Airport in Indonesia’s Papua province on 24 April 2018.

The delegation, led by the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, John Usuramo, included chairman of DSE Inia Barry and other civil society activists.

But DSE, the peak body for civil society in Solomon Islands, said it has not endorsed anyone to represent civil society on this visit.

“Participants are acting solely as individuals,” DSE general secretary Jennifer Wate said.

“They do not represent DSE or any other civil society organisation in Solomon Islands,” she added.

Mrs Wate said DSE advocates for Human Rights, Justice and self-determination and has continued to show its strong support for the people of West Papua.

“DSE has continued to advocate for the Solomon Islands Government to uphold these values in our country’s trade and foreign policy.

“DSE values the strong relationships between West Papua and Solomon Islands Civil society.

“We admonish all members of this group for failing to include, consult or even inform West Papuan civil society of their visit.”

Mrs Wate said the DSE management was informally made aware of the trip only the evening before participants flew to Indonesia.

“The participants assured DSE management that they are attending in an individual capacity, and would not be representing DSE or any Civil Society organisation.

“DSE was not privy to details of the trip or its terms of reference.

“We call on the Government and in particular the Prime Minister’s Office to formally approach DSE or its members on any matters that require CSO sector representation.”

ULMWP calls for immediate assistance to end Indonesia’s ‘Nazi-like’ presence in West Papua

Vanuatu Daily Post – Once again West Papuan independence activists have been arrested and brutalized to prevent them meeting international delegates to Indonesia’s Melanesian colony; this time a delegation from the Solomon Islands visiting Jayapura and Manokwari on 24-25 April 2018, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) reports.

Map of New Guinea, Flags of West Papua and PNG
Map of New Guinea, Flags of West Papua and PNG

Indonesia arrested eight leading political activists (Philipus Robaha, Marthen Manggarprow, Beny Hisage, Arnol Yarinap, Albert Yatipai, Gino Puade, Paul Kirihio and Chris Dogopia), humiliating them in front of their Melanesian kin and silencing their critique of the government’s duplicitous Endeavour to halt the rising tide of international support for the independence movement.

According to a statement released by the ULMWP on Monday, instead of being taken to meet West Papuan socio-political leaders, the Solomon Islanders were taken on a tour of two ‘development’ sites, a sports-building project and the Haltecamp Bridge.

Mr. Soerdarmo, Caretaker Governor of Papua province, reportedly told the delegates that the ULMWP, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and other independent organizations purposely misrepresent and disrupt the Indonesian Government’s development endeavors. He said his government is ready for dialogue with ULMWP in any street cafe.

The governor’s views illustrates yet again that Indonesia has no intention of honoring its responsibility to uphold the human and political rights of its colonial subjects.

ULMWP Spokesperson Jacob Rumbiak, who has just returned to Melbourne from a very successful representation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, said “After fifty-five years of Indonesian colonialism, we West Papuans, like many international observers, believe it has distinct parallels with the Nazis in Germany.

 “Our struggle is to uphold our dignity, our sovereignty, Melanesian identity and international law, and rid ourselves of these Indonesia Nazis. West Papua is our sovereign homeland. We want to look after our territory and take control of our natural resources.

“The place to negotiate that agenda is the United Nations headquarters in New York, not some sleazy cafe in Jakarta”.

Emerging threats raising need for MSG to beef up security

By ELIZABETH VUVU, The National PNG

POLICE Minister Jelta Wong
POLICE Minister Jelta Wong

POLICE Minister Jelta Wong says with the emerging threats to peace and security, it is incumbent on leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group countries to advance security issues.

He opened the police ministers meeting in Kokopo, East New Britain, attended by police ministers and commissioners from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and New Caledonia’s FLNKS.

“In the face of very increasing and emerging threats to peace and security, it is incumbent on us as leaders to advance these initiatives to full realisation and put them into operation as soon as practicable,” he said.

He said the meeting would consider the report of the police commissioners’ conference on Monday.

Wong said the report would be presented by the chairman and police commissioner of PNG Gari Baki.

“The success of our collectiveness will be determined by the successful implementation of these security initiatives to ensure we deliver tangible solutions and benefits that will contribute to the welfare of our people.”

MSG SCLII convened in Port Vila, Vanuatu

SCLII

2 May 2018.

The Sub-Committee on Legal & Institutional Issues (SCLII) of the Melanesian Spearhead Group is currently meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The SCLII comprising representatives of the Member States are meeting on the direction of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and the Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) to review key policy documents to guide the work of the Secretariat. The meetings of the SOM, the FMM and the Leaders were held recently on 10-12 March 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and heard various progress, challenges, and achievements of the Secretariat.

The two-day meeting at the MSG Headquarters will consider key policy documents including the Staff Regulations; a Secondment Policy to enable the Secretariat to work with Member States in seconding key officials to the Secretariat; a Delegation Policy; Medical Scheme Policy and a Travel Policy among other consideration.

The outcome of SCLII will then be tabled at the Governing Body meeting scheduled for later in the year.

Director General Ambassador Amena Yauvoli expressed his appreciation to the Member States for their commitment to attend and deliberate on key governance issues that will strengthen the work of the Secretariat moving forward. He emphasised that, “this meeting is one of the important meetings of the Secretariat as it informs both the SOM and FMM on key issues pertaining to strengthening good governance and significant legal consideration that will improve the work of the Secretariat.”

Papua New Guinea currently holds the chair of the Melanesia Spearhead Group.

All member states have confirmed their attendance and participation at this important meeting which ends on Thursday the 3rd of May 2018.

For interviews contact:

Mr. John Palmer
Officer in Charge
Email: j.palmer@msg.int

Spirce: MSG Secretariat