30 Jan 2013

Vanuatu's PM says MSG should protect its region

7:43 am on 30 January 2013

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says the Melanesian Spearhead Group should enhance joint surveillance and protection of its region, including its natural resources and airspace.

Sato Kilman made the call while giving his official address as host of the MSG's 25th anniversary celebrations in Port Vila.

Mr Kilman explained that protecting Melanesia's biodiversity and fragile eco-system was part of growth priorities for the MSG as well as enhancing free movement of services, capital and labour across Melanesia.

He also says he wants to see MSG maintaining strong support and effective dialogue for the principles of self-determination, in particular a closer monitoring of the implementation of the Noumea Accord in the interests of New Caledonia's indigenous Kanak population.

The Vanuatu prime minister suggested he wants closer dialogue with other recognised pro-independence entities within the region and beyond.