Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says economic and social development is already underway in the area around the border with Indonesia. Rimbink Pato was responding to comments by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop that PNG had not co-operated enough…

Indonesia’s government is proposing $US4 million in funding towards influencing Pacific Island countries to change their position on Papua. The Kompas newspaper reports the country’s top security minister, Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, saying the money would…
Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

RNZI: Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says he’s lost faith in the Melanesian Spearhead Group because of a lack of consensus and political engagement. The group had become especially contentious after including Indonesia in 2015, which had clashed with United Liberation Movement…
Pato reaffirms PNG’s position on West Papua to Jakarta

Papua new Guinea’s Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says he has reaffirmed his country’s support for Indonesian control of West Papua. PNG foreign minister Rimbink Pato meets his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in Indonesia, 19 July 2018 Photo: Rimbink Pato office…
Aktivis West Papua protes stan Indonesia di MAF

Honiara, Jubi – Petugas Kepolisian Kepulauan Solomon mengatakan mereka telah menyita bendera West Papua di Festival Seni Melanesia, Melanesian Arts Festival (MAF), untuk menghentikan upaya provokasi terhadap delegasi Indonesia. Bendera bintang kejora milik Ben Didiomea diambil oleh polisi akhir pekan lalu, setelah ia menunjukkannya…
MACFest Honiara and Morning Star Flag

West Papua activists stopped by police  Police clarifies incident, action By RONALD TOITO’ONA THE issue of West Papua was under spotlight at the 6th MACFest in Honiara, when West Papua activists were told by the police to halt raising the…
Indonesia plans to ramp up lobbying for UN Security Council seat

By Dian Septiari in Jakarta, Source: https://asiapacificreport.nz/ Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is set to lobby more countries to vote for her country in its campaign for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council ahead of the vote that…
West Papuans cautious about SIG visit but remains hopeful

Civil society groups in West Papua including local non-governmental organisations, youth groups, students, women associations, church leaders and indigenous leaders are cautious about a surprise visit to West Papua by a Solomon Islands government delegation. The Solomon Islands government under…
Cought in a Pincer (Vanuatu, China, Australia and Indonesia)

VVanuatu Daily Post, China China China. All the talk is of increasing Chinese influence in our region. But this is to wilfully see past the elephant in the room. Contrary to most commentary, the biggest destabilising player in Melanesia over…