10 Aug 2009

Vanuatu PM says simply no time to discuss Papua at Forum

10:49 am on 10 August 2009

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei says there simply wasn't time to raise the issue of West Papua at the Pacific Islands forum meeting.

Edward Natapei says NGOs, like Amnesty International and Red Cross, have illustrated what is happening in Papua.

"There was no need for us to raise it again here In the interest of time, we in fact at the leader's summit ran out of time, the time period given, so we were able to deal with what was on the agenda and but nothing other than that."

Edward Natapei says a fact-finding mission by the Melanesian Spearhead Group may still go ahead.