11 Jun 2008

Vanuatu Indigenous chiefs condemn MSG decision on West Papua

7:41 pm on 11 June 2008

High-ranking Chiefs in Vanuatu have condemned the recent decision by the Melanesian Spearhead Group not to grant West Papua Observer status in the MSG.

The Daily Post newspaper reports that the Indigenous Chiefs Association describes the decision a "slap in the face" of the majority of the people of Vanuatu-hosts of the recent MSG summit and new MSG Secretariat building.

Ni-Vanuatu have a long tradition of supporting self-determination for West Papuans.

The chiefs say the decision reflects the selfish interests of some leaders within the MSG who do not share the aspirations and visions of the majority of the people of Melanesia.

Spokesman, Chief John Tarilama says Human Rights violations against West Papuans in Indonesia continue to happen every day.

He asks how much longer Melanesia is going to tolerate these atrocities?