Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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June 19, 2013: The 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders summit has integrated into its agenda the issue of the movement of West Papua.
Incoming chair and FLNKS representative at the Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) Caroline Manchoro said currently MSG’s stand is only to assess and monitor.
“We will be looking, assessing and monitoring regularly to find a solution to the West Papua issue,” Ms Manchoro said.
“But we have to keep in mind the issue relating to West Papua due to the bilateral relations between countries that are concerned.”
Ms Manchoro said under FLNKS chairmanship, no decision would be made that endangers the bilateral relations of MSG member countries.
“We (FLNKS) have to make sure that the decision taken does not jeopardize the relations among countries including the solidarity of MSG,” Ms Manchoro added.
Fiji and Papua New Guinea stance in dealing with the West Papua issue is to include Indonesia in any discussions undertaken on the matter due to it being a sovereign state.
More discussions on the issue will be undertaken when the Leaders Summit proper begins on Thursday.
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