Category: South Pacific

Pacific Fusion Centre to be established in Vanuatu

Oct 20, 2020, Vanuatu Daily Post The Governments of the Republic of Vanuatu and Australia are pleased to be working in partnership to establish the Pacific Fusion Centre permanently in Port Vila. The Pacific Fusion Centre will build regional capacity…
MSG members discuss potential ‘Melanesian Bubble

The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s secretariat is holding discussions on a ‘Melanesian Bubble’ initiative. Talks at the secretariat in Port Vila come as MSG member states struggle with economic strains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. For the MSG’s five full members…
PNG welcome West Papua refugees

Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – October 15, 2019: 10am (NBC NEWS PNG): Papua New Guinea will stand ready to welcome refugees from West Papua if they decide to seek refuge in the country. Prime Minister James Marape made these remarks…
West Papuan refugees welcome in PNG – PM

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says his country stands ready to welcome more refugees from West Papua. James Marape was responding to questions in Parliament yesterday about the deteriorating human rights situation on the Indonesian side of the border. He…
Melanesian Spearhead Group Role on West Papua Issue

By Ambassador Brian Yombon-Copio West Papua has ongoing issues on human rights abuses and atrocities committed by Indonesia’s guided democracy regime. They have suffered for far too long on their motherland and felt that they should exist as an independent…
Shop closed at border

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK and REBECCA KUKU AN Indonesian shopping centre frequented by Papua New Guineans at the border with Indonesia has been closed indefinitely after a clash between rebels and Indonesian soldiers. This was confirmed yesterday by PNG Consular-General Geoffrey…
Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua

Vanuatu’s prime minister has again pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua. During his speech in New York, Charlot Salwai lamented how some Pacific territories are yet to break the shackles of colonialism. Mr…
Trying times in Tuvalu

by Stefan Armbruster, Tess Newton Cain, DevPolicy “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This was no ambush, but had been…