Minggu, 17 September 2017 05:58
Kiribati joined, eight countries will bring West Papua
issue in UNGA
Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,
Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for Prime Minister Johny Koanapo
(left) with Jubi journalist Victor Mambor after an interview at
UNHRC, Geneva in February 2017 Doc. Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai admitted that
although the Pacific Leaders Forum (PIF) in Samoa last week
discussed West Papua as an agenda item, some PIF members considered
West Papua a sensitive issue and did not want the forum to make a
However, Salwai, who leads the West Papua lobby during the PIF,
also acknowledged support for the West Papua issue continues to
"If last year seven countries, including Vanuatu and Solomon
Islands, are currently the eight countries that joined the Paciifc
Islands Coalition for West Papua (PICWP)," Salwai told the Daily
Post last week.
These eight countries will bring the West Papua issue before the
United Nations General Assembly session that will begin next week
in New York, USA.
"So far, Vanuatu has continued to commit itself to pioneering
the West Papua problem, through government, civil society and
churches and this year we are bringing this issue to the African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) forum," Salwai continued.
Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Ministers Office,
Johny Koanapo, told Jubi via e-mail Sunday that the efforts of
Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in the Pacific have shown significant
progress. If previously, the West Papua issue is just a bilateral
issue and a regional issue in Melanesia, now West Papuas advocacy
has spread far and wide in the Pacific.
"The West Papua issue has passed the Melanesian Spearhead Groups
where we have different opinions on how to deal with the West Papua
issue. But this problem has moved beyond the jurisdiction of MSG,
Not only the Vanuatu government and the Solomon Islands
government, Koanapo continued, currently other countries in
Micronesia and Polynesia have joined the PICWP established since a
"Kiribati is a country that joins in 2017 after seven other
countries, namely Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall
Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and Tonga established PICWP," Koanapo
Widespread issue of West Papua in the Pacific is certainly
demanding more jobs for Vanuatu who...