A Vanuatu opposition MP says the government should be careful to act consistently on foreign policy.
The comment from Sato Kilman, a former prime minister, comes after another call by Vanuatu at the United Nations for the international community to act on alleged rights abuses by Indonesia in West Papua
Mr Kilman says there are parallels between this issue and Vanuatu's other main foreign policy preoccupation: the dispute with France over Matthew and Hunter islands.
Both countries lay claim to the remote volcanic islands which lie to Vanuatu's south, and the east of the French territory of New Caledonia.
Mr Kilman told Johnny Blades that in both cases, Vanuatu must have faith in the United Nations to ultimately provide a solution.