27 Jan 2015

Vanuatu reaffirms Melanesian decolonisation stance

3:15 pm on 27 January 2015

Vanuatu has reconfirmed its support for New Caledonia's and West Papua's decolonisation.

The Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, has told a heads of mission meeting in Efate that Vanuatu is committed to assist the two colonised Melanesian people to gain their independence.

March in support of West Papua in Vanuatu's Port Vila

Vanuatu supports West Papua Photo: RNZI / Hilaire Bule

Vanuatu is the only country to back the two pro-independence movements in the French territory and the Indonesian province.

Mr Natuman has asked the ambassador of Vanuatu at the United Nations, Odo Tevi, to assist with New Caledonia's self-determination at the UN Committee of 24 in the lead-up to a referendum on possible independence due within three years.

Last year, the previous Vanuatu prime minister addressed the UN, asking why the world was turning a blind eye and closing its ears to the lone voices of the Papuan people, many of whom have shed innocent blood because they want justice and freedom.