8 Dec 2016

Vanuatu needs to be on UN Committee of 24 - Sope

From , 4:03 pm on 8 December 2016

A former Vanuatu prime minister Barak Sope wants Vanuatu to become a member of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation to counter Indonesia's influence.

Barak Sope says Indonesia is only on the committee to ensure the subject of self determination in West Papua is not discussed.

Vanuatu is one of the strongest supporters of Papuan self determination and Mr Sope has been one of the strongest advocates.

He says Vanuatu has a right to sit on two UN committees and should push to have its say on what is known as the Committee of 24.

Former Vanuatu Prime Minister Barak Sope.

Former Vanuatu Prime Minister Barak Sope. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades