16 Jun 2016

MSG leaders summit scheduled for Honiara

4:50 pm on 16 June 2016

Foreign Ministers and senior official of Melanesian Spearhead Group member states have held respective meetings this week in Lautoka, Fiji.

The meetings come ahead of a special MSG leaders summit which is understood to be scheduled for the Solomon islands capital, Honiara, on July 14.

The leaders' summit, which was originally scheduled for Port Vila in Vanuatu last month, has been postponed twice amid a busy schedule for the various leaders involved.

The summit is expected to formalise the appointment of the MSG's new director-general, Amena Yauvoli, and to discuss a bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua for full membership in the group.

The venue of the summit was changed after an aborted attempt at holding the summit in Port Moresby two weeks ago, ahead of which the leader of the Liberation Movement was not allowed to enter Papua New Guinea.

The headquarters for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretarian (MSG) in Port Vila, Vanuatu

The headquarters for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretarian (MSG) in Port Vila, Vanuatu Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

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