17 May 2013

MSG examining bid by West Papua for MSG membership

7:13 am on 17 May 2013

Senior officials with the Melanesian Spearhead Group have been examining the bid for full MSG membership by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.

The officials have been meeting in Vanuatu's capital this week to finalise the agenda of the annual MSG leaders summit next month in New Caledonia.

The chairman of the MSG Senior Officials meeting, Amena Yauvoli, who is also Fiji's permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, says membership and observer status bids by a variety of organisation are on the agenda.

He says the leaders are expected to make a decision on whether to grant the West Papuans full membership in Noumea.

"It's been brought before the senior officials meeting this morning. At this point in time, we're still discussing it, to reach a suggested way forward on how we can deal with the West Papua issue."

Amena Yauvoli.