27 Aug 2013

MSG head meets Vanuatu leaders and calls for independence

4:48 am on 27 August 2013

The new chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has called on member countries to closely monitor the political development in New Caledonia and West Papua and to support the return to democratic parliament in Fiji.

Victor Tutugoro, who is chair of the MSG on behalf of New Caledonia's Front de Liberation National Kanak et Socialiste, or FLNKS, made the call in Vanuatu where he has travelled to meet with key leaders.

He says that New Caledonia's Kanaks need help from other Melanesian peoples to be integrated as full member of Pacific region and not part of Europe.

Mr Tutugoro, who took over the position during the 19th MSG summit in New Caledonia in June, says that the MSG has to re-enforce its structure in term of human resource and capacity building to meet the needs of Melanesians and restore stability in the member countries.

Making his first official trip as chairman, Mr Tutugoro has met Vanuatu's President Iolu Johnson Abbil and is also expecting to meet prime minister, Moana Carcasses before addressing the parliament on Friday.