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MSG foreign ministers discuss membership

Melanesian Spearhead Group foreign ministers are this evening meeting in Vanuatu’s capital to discuss guidelines which relate to a West Papuan bid for membership in the group. MSG senior officials met yesterday in Port Vila and, as with today’s foreign…
PM Makes Case For West Papua, Closer Relations

by Voreqe Bainimarama, SOLOMON ISLANDSJune 28   Leaders’ plenary statement – Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit, Honiara, Solomon Islands. The Chairman, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of the Government of the Solomon Islands, Hon. Peter O’Neill, the Prime Minister…
OPINION: MSG, West Papua Now It’s Down To The Wire

Dr. Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, originally from the Solomon Islands, is an associate professor at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i. The views expressed here are his personal opinions. West Papua will be the most high profile issue…
The curse of the Melanesian Way. Can Melanesia govern itself?

PHIL FITZPATRICK – MELANESIA is an ill-defined concept. The word comes from the Greek and means ‘black islands’. The term generally refers to a broad swathe of territory extending from West Papua south east to Fiji. The area encompasses the…

radionz.co.nz – Two Indonesian army officers have been arrested for allegedly killing two men and injuring two others in Papua region. The Jakarta Post reports that conflicting details have emerged over what exactly happened, but the victims have been identified…

The spokesperson for the global Free West Papua Campaign claims up to 1000 police and military deployed to the Timika region in West Papua have tortured people in the area. In a statement, Benny Wenda says up to 116 people…

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is in Indonesia to lead the official visit of the MSG Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. The visit was mandated…