11 Nov 2011

Melanesian Spearhead Group to let West Papua apply for observer status

5:43 pm on 11 November 2011

West Papua will be given the opportunity to apply for observer status within the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The Director General of the MSG secretariat in Port Vila, Peter Forau, has told Radio Vanuatu that this was agreed upon at last week's MSG Foreign ministers meeting.

However, Mr Forau says the observer status of the West Papuans has to be established as part of the group representing Indonesia.

At the last MSG summit in Fiji in March, Indonesia was granted observer status.

One of the MSG members are the Kanaks of New Caledonia's FLNKS Movement.