FijiSolomon Islands MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour by melanin January 20, 2017 written by melanin January 20, 2017 0 comment RadioNZ – The chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has postponed the PNG leg of his Melanesia tour. Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI The tour, his second as chairperson, is to discuss the restructuring of the MSG Secretariat in Vanuatu and the revision of MSG Membership Guidelines with other MSG leaders. Earlier this week Mr Sogavare met with his Vanuatu counterpart, Charlot Salwai in Port Vila and also with FLNKS spokesperson Victor Tutugoro. Today he is to meet with the Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Suva. Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. Photo: RNZ/ALEX PERROTTET Following that meeting Mr Sogavare was supposed to fly to Port Moresby to meet with PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill. But this leg of the tour has now been postponed until February. Mr Sogavare, who flys back to Solomon Islands on Sunday, said he would not be releasing a statement on the outcome of the tour until he completes the PNG leg in February. The MSG secretariat in Port Vila has been plaqued by issues with funding and its overhaul was recommended by an independent review commissioned because of persistent funding problems and the review of membership guidelines has arisen over the issue of West Papuan membership to the Melanesian Spearhead group. Solomon Islands and Vanuatu favour West Papuan Membership while Fiji and Papua New Guinea support Indonesia’s view that it should represent West Papuan interests in the group. Fiji Prime MinisterFrank BainimaramaManasseh SogavareMSG MembershipSolomon Islands Prime MinisterULMWP Share 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail melanin previous post Master Chia’s Tao Garden’s Winter & Darkroom Retreats next post Papua New Guinea, Bougainville governments set up commission to oversee independence vote You may also like 𝐅𝐢𝐣𝐢 𝐖𝗼𝗺𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞: SHAMIMA ALI ON WEST PAPUA July 13, 2022 Opinion: Australia must stop viewing the Pacific as its neighbourhood to fix April 3, 2022 Fiji looking into West Papua issue February 11, 2022 Townsville Agreement provides for self-autonomy: Suidani December 10, 2021 PM: Effecting the process of Federal Constitution December 9, 2021 The PIDF Secretary-General Ambassador Solo Mara and Development Agenda September 25, 2021 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.