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Deep Condolences to Somare Family from West Papua President Hon Benny Wenda

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Chair of the ULMWP: Benny Wenda meeting Grand Chief Michael Somare at the MSG Meeting in Port Moresby, 2017

On behalf of the people of West Papua, I would like to send my sincere condolences to to our Brothers and Sisters in PNG for the loss of their Grand Chief and founding father, Sir Michael Somare.

Today I join many in mourning the loss of an incredibly inspiring Melanesian Leader and Icon for the people of New Guinea.

Not only did he understood the importance of Melanesian liberation but wantok unity too.

In 1986, Sir Michael joined forces with the founding fathers of The Republic of Vanuatu and The Solomon Islands to establish the Melanesian Spearhead group (MSG).

He was also a figure who has played an important role in supporting ULMWP to become a member of the group.

In February 2018, I had the honour of meeting the Late Grand Chief at the MSG annual meeting in Port Moresby.

The Last thing I remember saying to him was “Thank you for your Blessing” in response to his words of encouragement for our people’s struggle.

My thoughts and prayers are with Lady Veronica and all the Somare family during this sad time as well as the whole nation of PNG who will be reflecting on his life and legacy.

Issued in: Office of the Provisional Government of West Papua
on date: 26 February 2021.

Interim President of West Papua

Hon. Benny Wenda

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