27 Nov 2014

Hopes Vanuatu meet will unite West Papua groups

7:03 pm on 27 November 2014

The chair of Vanuatu's West Papua Unification Committee is confident next week's summit will produce a united West Papuan bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

About 200 West Papuans are expected at the conference, which is to begin from the 1st of December, following a march of solidarity for the West Papuan people in Port Vila.

A formal membership application by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation was knocked back by the MSG earlier this year, whose leaders called for a more representative bid.

Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek

West Papua National Coalition for Liberation representatives Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The chair of Vanuatu's West Papua Unification Committee, Pastor Allan Nafuki, says he expects they will be able to deliver such a bid by the end of the summit.

"By this summit we expect all of them will sign requesting membership for MSG. Yes, I'm confident that this is one of our main highlights in our summit."

Pastor Allan Nafuki.