25 Feb 2013

Vanuatu Lini commemoration hears anti-colonialism message

2:45 pm on 25 February 2013

The son of Vanuatu's founding father, Walter Lini, has called for the country to re-adopt a nationalistic spirit to help free all Pacific territories from colonial bonds.

Speaking at the Lini Day Celebrations at the Tagabe Anglican Church in Port Vila, Charles Lini said his father was proud to be free from colonial bondage and he urged the people of Vanuatu to live up to that spirit.

And he reminded people that Father Lini had said Vanuatu would not be free until all the island territories in the Pacific, especially East Timor, West Papua, Tahiti and New Caledonia, were free of colonial rule.

Charles Lini's address was directed at the the Kilman Government which has welcomed closer links with Indonesia despite strong support locally for West Papuan self-determination.