15 Dec 2005

Vanuatu PM concerned at wording of motion in support of Papuan self determination

3:11 pm on 15 December 2005

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini says he's unhappy with the wording of the country's first ever motion in support of Papuan self determination, to be debated in parliament today.

The motion, tabled by the leader of the opposition Serge Vohor earlier this week, is to request Vanuatu's parliament to facilitate the process of independence for the Indonesian province.

In the proposed motion, parliamentarians will call on the government to sponsor the Papuan issue before the United Nations.

But Mr Lini, who has been a strong advocate of Papua's independence struggle, says the government has not committed to supporting the motion.

"Government's not really happy about the motion, how it was put in place. We believe maybe the wording of this motion should be amended. I believe maybe that should be done sometime today or maybe during the motion."

Ham Lini