There are plans afoot to ensure West Papua gets full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group by the end of the year.
That's according to a long-time campaigner for West Papua and Vanuatu churchman Pastor Alan Nafuki.
He received a briefing from the MSG's chair and Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare last week as a leaders summit was deferred for the second time.
There's been disagreement among Melanesian leaders over a full seat at the table for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
Pastor Nafuki told Sally Round a summit is now set for early December and full membership for West Papuans will be like Christmas cake for all Melanesian countries.