Sogavare queries MSG brotherhood

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Sogavare has questioned the true spirit of the members within the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG),  by stating that non-granting of the 5th Freedom Right by Fiji to Solomon Islands is an issue. DPM said this…
Solomonn Islands DPM says Fiji should apologise

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Sogavare says Fiji Prime Minister (PM) should apologise to the member countries of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) for admitting Indonesia as an associate member. Speaking on the floor of parliament yesterday, DPM says Fiji…
A sea change in Vanuatu politics?

When people speak of a sea change, they generally intend it in a positive way. But the phrase itself comes from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. It’s in a passage telling a young man that his father has drowned, and that the…
I Won’t Resign – Yet: Natuman

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM)and Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business Joe Natuman has pled guilty to two counts of obstructing or interfering with the execution of a criminal process, contrary to section 79 (c) of the Penal Code…
‘Lets move beyond business as usual’

IN ORDER for the country to make any progress economically it must move beyond business as usual and make deliberate policy choices. That was according to the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Finance…
Sogavare says Opposition lacks understanding on bills settlement

THE Minister of Finance and Treasury, and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Leader of Opposition or whoever advised the Leader on the Government’s approach to settle the $204 million on outstanding bills grossly lacks understanding on the whole…
Joe Natuman: We are All Melanesians

“We are all Melanesian,” said Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman. “We are family. We regard it as an obligation to help one another.” Mr Natuman recounted the history of West Papua from post-WWII days, and remarked at the end that the…
Solomons govt committed to West Papua issue, says Mote

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says Solomon Islands’ support for its cause remains firm despite a change in leadership. The Movement’s secretary general Octo Mote last week travelled to Honiara to meet the new Solomons prime minister Rick…
Hou for PM and Sogavare for Deputy PM

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Small Malaita Rick Hou is being tipped for the Prime Minister’s post while the caretaker PM Manasseh Sogavare is likely to be his deputy. The deal was believed to have been reached last night following…
Two members of parliament from Vanuatu’s opposition have joined a government party in a move described as being good for West Papua. The Daily Post reporeds that two Sanma Province MPs, Hosea Nevu and Marc Ati, have both left the People’s Progress…