Vanuatu Daily Post – Vanua’aku Pati (VP) Member of Parliament (MP) Esmon Saimon has performed a custom reconciliation ceremony to VP interim President, Joe Natuman in Port Vila.
The custom reconciliation ceremony which was held on Monday evening was purposely to iron out any differences and bad feelings which may have emerged after MP Saimon -in his capacity as the Speaker of Parliament- prohibited former MP and Deputy Prime Minister Natuman from attending Parliament after his conviction in the conspiracy case.
Staunch VP leaders, MPs and supporters including the Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman witnessed the ceremony.
MP Saimon told the VP Acting President that it was a hard decision for in such a situation because as a VP MP, his loyalty is to the President of the VP, but on the other hand, as the Speaker of Parliament responsible for the affairs of the national Parliament under the relevant laws of the country, he was obliged to uphold the laws of the country.
“I had to step aside as the Speaker of Parliament, take on my VP MP position to perform this reconciliation custom ceremony to you, the VP Acting President (Joe Natuman),” he said.
“It is our customary way, to say ‘sorry’ because one of the MPs under your leadership had to make that decision at the time, which saw you vacate your chair in Parliament.
“It was a difficult thing for anyone to do to his own leader, but I had to act according to the laws of the country and in my capacity as the Speaker.
“However, according to our custom, it would have been difficult for me when we come to meet during VP political meetings and such occasions, because I would always bear this feeling about what happened.
“We are humans and inevitably when it comes to politics we are always loyal to our party.
“I recall that after the 2015 national elections, you, as the Acting President, called me and told me that you would recommend me as the next Speaker of the national parliament. You did it and it was a bond between VP MPs.”
He added: “Today, I want to smooth out the feelings I have so that we can continue to work together in our political party capacities as VP MPs and grow the party, in preparations for the 2020 elections and other party commitments to our supporters and this nation.
“As Christians, we must always seek forgiveness and reconciliation when we feel something hinders us or affect our feelings towards one another.
“It is for this reasons that I want to say ‘I am sorry’ to you ( Joe Natuman) as the VP Acting President, please accept this customary forgiveness and reconciliation gifts of mats, yam, kava and money, please accept it”.
In accepting the forgiveness and reconciliation custom gifts, the VP Acting president Natuman assured MP Saimon, that he had nothing against him in relation to the decision he made because as the Speaker of Parliament, he had to rule in accordance with the laws of the country.
“I have nothing against you, because the laws of the country must always prevail,” he said.
“The Vanua’aku Pati always uphold the laws of the country. It must and shall always stand by this. When the final decision of the court was made, I accepted this and so there is nothing I hold against anyone.”
He said it was in the best interests of the national parliament and the country that MP Saimon made the decision.
“While it is true that sometimes it is difficult for us at the helm of different political parties, at the end of the day, the laws of the land must always be upheld,” said Natuman.
“I am glad that as the Speaker you uphold the laws of the land, because I knew you did the right thing by upholding the laws of the country. I accept the reconciliation gifts.”
The interim VP president thanked everyone present and pointed out that the party has major events ahead.
“As the only major political party that stood up for the political independence of this country, the VP Executive will meet to select the final candidate to contest the Tanna By-Election on Tuesday.
“We are celebrating the 47th Anniversary of the founding of the Vanua’aku political party on Friday this week, followed by the VP political Congress in October of this year.”
Commenting on the upcoming Tanna By-Election, the VP’s interim president said the party has a strong chance to win the one seat up for grabs.
“VP has over 3,000 eligible voters on Tanna, and we (VP) will retain that parliamentary seat after the 25th September poll,” said Natuman.
Pastor Alan Nafuki offered a reconciliatory prayer over MP Saimon and Mr. Natuman, followed by a kava ceremony during which the VP interim president announced to the VP Leaders and supporters present: “This is a forgiveness, reconciliation and solidarity ceremony towards victory in 2020 victory and beyond”.
All leaders and supporters shouted the VP slogan “Seli Hoo!” to end the ceremony.
Vanuatu presented its draft UN Resolution for West Papua at the recent Pacific Islands Forum Officials Committee (FOC) Meeting and the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting held at the Taumeasina Resort in Apia, Samoa from 7 to 10th August 2018.
This intervention to the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting this week was made by Vanuatu’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade — Ralph Regenvanu after Forum Officials Committee earlier at the FOC meeting considered the draft UN resolution and noted Vanuatu’s intention to submit the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019.
The Foreign Ministers Meeting noted the draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly (‘Realisation of the right of the Papuan people to self-determination in the former colony of the Netherlands New Guinea (West New Guinea).
Recalling the Pacific Islands Leaders’ current position regarding Papua (West Papua), Vanuatu was able to receive support from member countries while Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji reportedly expressed their reservations for the draft resolution.
However, members of the PIF noted Vanuatu’s intention to take the resolution forward to the UNGA in 2019.
With the inclusion and support by Foreign Ministers for Vanuatu’s UN Resolution for West Papua in the outcomes from the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting, Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will now take the draft resolution to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit to be held next month in Nauru.
Newly appointed Special Envoy for the Decolonisation of West Papua for Pacific Islands States, Lora Lini confirmed that at the recent PIFS meeting in Samoa, Leaders from some member countries have indicated to Vanuatu that they will raise this issue at the Leaders Summit in Nauru.
Jayapura, Jubi– Seorang anggota parlemen Selandia Baru, Louisa Wall, mengatakan isu penentuan nasib sendiri West Papua harus didengar di forum Perwakilan Bangsa-bangsa (PBB).
Louisa Wall mengatakan itu pada peluncuran sebuah buku baru yang menjelaskan posisi Selandia Baru atas West Papua, pekan lalu.
Buku See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua (Tutup Mata: Pengkhianatan Selandia Baru kepada rakyat West Papua) yang ditulis Maire Leadbeater mengritik pemerintah Selandia Baru yang selama ini gagal mendukung hak-hak rakyat Papua.
Wall bilang buku itu menjelaskan gambaran sangat relevan tentang bagaimana rakyat Papua tak diberi keleluasaan bicara ketika tanah air mereka diintegrasikan ke Indonesia di tahun 1960’an.
Dia menyebutkan ada dukungan dari dalam kaukus Partai Buruh yang sekarang berkuasa, juga kaukus-kaukus Māori dan Pasifik, untuk membantu rakyat Papua mendapatkan referendum penentuan nasib sendiri yang lebih adil.
“Jalan ke depan ini benar-benar (beranjak dari) apakah ada keinginan dan prioritas untuk meperbaiki sebuah kesalahan historis? Ada makin banyak orang-orang seperti kita yang menjadi semakin tahu dan memang mendukung ajakan referendum bebas. Saya sendiri mendukung seruan untuk mendaftarkan Papua kembali ke (komite) Dekolonisasi PBB,” kata Wall.
Namun Pemerintah Indonesia menegaskan bahwa pengintegrasian bekas teritori Dutch New Guinea ke Indonesia itu sudah final lewat Pepera 1969 yang hanya diikuti 1000-an pemilih dengan konsep perwakilan yang ditunjuk.
Perdana Menteri Selandia Baru dan pemimpin Partai Buruh, Jacinda Ardern, kepada Joko Widodo ketika kunjungan Presiden Indonesia itu ke Selandia Baru awal tahun ini, menegaskan dukungan formal pemerintahnya atas kontrol Indonesia di Papua.
Namun, Wall dan sejumlah wakil parlemen dari partai pemerintah menganggap status politik West Papua sebagai persoalan kolonialisme yang belum selesai.
“Kita harus bertindak atas dasar prinsip-prinsip keadilan dan kewilayahan asli asal usul (indigeneity),” ujarnya, sambil mengakui bahwa jumlah wakil parlemen yang mendorong isu tersebut saat ini memang belum mayoritas.
“Saya percaya atas penentuan nasib sendiri, saya percaya atas hak-hak masyarakat asli. Ini merupakan hak masyarakat asli West Papua untuk mendapatkan legitimasi kembali atas hak yang sempat ditekankan itu dan yang dulu diberikan lewat cara yang tak adil”. (*)
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has set 2025 as the year to eradicate all settlements in Port Moresby.
Parkop said this during the launching of a programme to turn all settlements in NCD to suburbs.
This is being done in partnership with Moresby-South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Moresby North-East MP John Kaupa and key Government agencies.
The event was witnessed by a large turnout of settlers.
Parkop said the launching marked the beginning of a journey of hard work.
“It is a beginning of a journey of hard work to convert all our settlements in the city to suburbs,” he said.
“This is the thing we all have been waiting for many years. We will get rid of all settlements in Port Moresby and convert them into suburbs.
“This launching is a milestone achievement for the people of Port Moresby and PNG.
“It is made possible through the support of our Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.”
By HELEN TARAWA
MAJOR roads in Port Moresby, including the Poreporena Freeway, will be closed to the public during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in November – for security reasons – according to Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko.
Roads which will be closed include the Kumul Flyover, Sir John Guise Drive, Waigani Drive, Wards Road, Poreporena Freeway, Stanley Esplanade and the Paga Ring Road, from the airport to Apec Haus.
“These roads will be affected from November 12 to 18 during the leaders’ summit. Traffic will have to use alternative routes during that time,” Tkatchenko said.
“Downtown’s Central Business District especially around Apec Haus area will be closed off to the public during the three-day (leaders’ summit) meeting.
“There will be ample police and traffic controllers monitoring the roads and controlling traffic all the time so people will not be confused.”
Tkatchenko said security requirements by the world leaders meant that those roads would be closed to the public as they wanted those roads cleared.
“We have to abide by all different aspects of security for different countries and peg it together and apply it to everybody,” he said.
He said places would be provided for children and members of the public to catch a glimpse of the world leaders who they only saw on TV or in the newspapers.
“We have to control it because other countries will not allow their presidents or prime ministers to come if we do not meet the security requirement,” he said.
“A lot of these countries have very strict guidelines. We have to ensure that we abide by that or they will not send their leaders.”
Tkatchenko said the summit would be held on a weekend, so schools and businesshouses would not be affected.
“We will announce a programme and activity, which roads will be closed and what routes people can take,” he said.
Congratulations to the people of Vanuatu on their 38 years of Independence.
I would also like congratulate the People and Government of Vanuatu on their courageous stand on the issue of West Papua.
Having been to Vanuatu a number of times I find it’s the only country in the world where everybody seems to know about the issue.
The West Papuan people and their supports hold Vanuatu in high esteem for raising the human rights situation in West Papua at the UN and other international fora. Vanuatu sets an example that others should follow.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) with all the people of West Papua want to wish all the citizens of the Republic of Vanuatu a Happy 38th Independence Anniversary on 30th July, 2018.
Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific region that fought with sweat, tears and bloodsheds to gain its independence from its colonies (British and French).
The people, together with the Opposition and the Government of Vanuatu understood very clearly the meaning of a foreign colonialism against colonized people and the territory of his homeland when it was known as New Hebrides, experienced of bitterness and pain of a colony, the deception of a colonial, facing tactics and strategic colonialists thwarting the outrageous vengeance in an attempt to thwart the achievement of independence of New Hebrides at the time.
On Monday July 30, 2018 all the people, together with the Opposition and the Vanuatu state government domiciled in and abroad Vanuatu paused to ponder the meaning of a colonialism but also reflect on the meaning of the implementation of the values of independence itself. This value is affirmed by Father Walter Lini, the founder of Vanuatu independence that Vanuatu does not yet have a real sense of freedom if the people and other areas of his own Melanesian people are still under colonialsm.
Based on the experience of the struggle, the people, opposition and the government of the Republic of the Vanuatu expressly support the struggle for the independence of Kanaky, West Papua and other Melanesian territories still in the grip of foreign colonialism under this sky should be abolished because of the real values of independence which was declared by the founding Father of the Republic of Vanuatu, late Father Hadye Walter Lini will come true, said ULMWP Chairmen Mr Benny Wenda.
Once again on behalf of all West Papuans, United Liberation Movement for West Papua wish all the people of the Republic of Vanuatu a happy annivesary and join in as Melanesian solidarity to honor and celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Independence Day today.
God bless the people, Government, Opposition, and the country of Vanuatu.
The national PNG – NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, pictured, says all Motu-Koitabu villages in National Capital District will be modernised under a programme that will run alongside the upgrade of settlements to suburbs programme.
Parkop said the Motu-Koitabu people should always be respected and given recognition and consideration in every development and change taking place.
He said under the programme launched by the National Capital District Commission in partnership with key ministry and agencies of government responsible for dealing with settlements and suburb upgrade programme, all Motu-Koitabu villages will be modernised under a different programme.
“We will soon be launching a modernisation programme for the Motu-Koitabu people to modernise their villages to ensure they have proper services like water and sewerage systems, electricity, roads and most importantly, proper housing.
“They are very important people because they are the traditional landowners of the land our capital city Port Moresby is sitting on,” Parkop said.
“We are all foreigners who came here to settle or do business or for whatever reasons.
“We must appreciate the fact that they are the traditional landowners of our capital city and give them the respect and recognition they deserve.”
Parkop launched a programme to turn settlements in NCD into suburbs yesterday.
The launching was attended by Lands and Physical Planning Minister and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Housing and Urbanisation and Moresby Northeast MP John Kaupa, Community Development, Youth and Religion Minister Soroi Eoe, officials from Moresby Northwest open electorate, senior officers from the Lands and Physical Department, officers of urbanisation and other government agencies.
A GROUP of 15 Papua New Guinea citizens, including two women, serving terms in an Indonesian prison for drug-related offences are on the run, police say.
West Sepik Police Commander Chief Inspector Moses Ibsagi told The National that the 15 escaped with 16 Indonesians from Doyo Prison in Sentani, Jayapura, on Sunday last week.
“The prisoners, mostly from the East and West Sepik, were among the 31 prisoners who had broken out from the narcotic prison in Sentani last Sunday (July 22),” he said.
“Among the PNG prisoners are two women. They are believed to be travelling towards the PNG-Indonesia border. Indonesian officials have advised us to detain them if they came across the border.”
He said Indonesian authorities wanted the escapees sent back to Indonesia to be punished for escaping.
“We are now on the lookout for them at the main entry points along the border at the inland Skotchio border post and the coastal Wutung border post,” Ibsagi said.
“But it is about 120 kilometres from the prison to the border and is thick jungle with mountainous and swampy terrains.
“Also they have to cross the wide and fast-flowing Tami River to make it to the border if they are travelling by foot. The river is about 10 kilometres from the border.”
Ibsagi said there were in total 26 PNG citizens at Doyo Prison.
Meanwhile, Jayapura police chief Victor Dean Mackbon told reporters in Indonesia that the prisoners escaped by sawing through the iron bars of a window.