Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand and Cook Islands (non-resident), after the MSG meeting. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23116064
Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape and Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka have been appointed as Special Envoys to address issues surrounding West Papua.
decision was made at yesterday’s Melanesian Spearhead Group Meeting at the
Nautilus Resort, despite the notable absences of PM Marape, Solomon Islands’
Manasseh Sogavare, and Vanuatu’s Charlot Salwai, who were represented by their
said that the leaders’ absence did not affect their meeting and the decisions
on his new Special Envoy role, he said that they will speak directly to the
president of Indonesia to have a dialogue on the West Papua issue.
this year, Rabuka held a one-on-one meeting with the head of the United
Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). During this meeting, Rabuka
confirmed Fiji’s support for the independence campaigners’ bid to become full
members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Papuans have been under military occupation of the Indonesian armed forces
since 1962-63 and they continue to fight for independence.
had earlier proposed to send a representative to Indonesia to discuss the West
Papua situation. This is part of his efforts to continue his advocacy for
peace, mainly the Pacific as a peace zone.
Vanuatu made a bid to host the 2030 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting
during the Melanesian Spearhead Group Meeting yesterday.