13 Apr 2011

Group urges Vanuatu PM to clarify Papua stance

1:41 pm on 13 April 2011

The Free West Papua Association in Vanuatu has asked the coalition government of the prime minister, Sato Kilman, to clarify its position on the Papua issue.

The Association's President, Pastor Allan Nafuki, says it is well aware that some ministers don't support the decision by Mr Kilman to give Indonesia observer status at the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Pastor Nafuki says the people of Vanuatu are confused over the stance by Mr Kilman's government and the association would like clarification after the MSG again snubbed the Papuans' bid to become observers.

He reminded Mr Kilman that Vanuatu has diplomatic relations with France but it is New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement which is an MSG member, and not the government of France.