Fiji Bantah Tuduhan tentang Ketidakabsahan RI di MSG

SUVA, SATUHARAPAN.COM – Menteri Pertahanan Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, membantah keras tuduhan Wakil PM Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, tentang ketidakabsahan proses diterimanya Indonesia menjadi anggota Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

Lebih jauh, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, yang sering mewakili Fiji pada KTT MSG, melancarkan kecaman keras terhadap pendapat Sogavare.

“Saya pikir dia menderita kehilangan ingatan atau mencoba bermain politik dengan konstituennya sendiri,” kata Kubuabola.

“Dia lupa bahwa Indonesia diterima di MSG sebagai anggota associate di masa dia menjabat sebagai ketua MSG, semua anggota MSG telah menyetujuinya,” kata dia.

Tanggapan keras Fiji itu muncul setelah kemarin di parlemen, Sogavare mengatakan bahwa mengatakan Fiji harus meminta maaf karena telah membawa Indonesia ke MSG.

Dia mengatakan Perdana Menteri Fiji, Frank Bainimarama melanggar prosedur MSG dengan memaksa empat anggota lainnya untuk menerima Indonesia menjadi anggota associate.

Indonesia masuk ke MSG dengan status pengamat pada tahun 2011 setelah Bainimarama memimpin MSG.

“Tidak ada konsensus dalam pengakuan Indonesia oleh negara-negara anggota,” klaim Sogavare yang sangat pro-penentuan nasib sendiri rakyat Papua dan berjuang untuk meloloskan aplikasi United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) jadi anggota penuh MSG.

Tetapi klaim Sogavare ini dibantah Kabuabola. Ia mengatakan  Sogavare sendiri yang memimpin pertemuan para pemimpin MSG di Honiara, Solomon Islands, pada tahun 2015. Dan kala itu, kata Kabuabola, pemimpin MSG mencapai konsensus mengenai status Indonesia.

“Saya tidak bisa benar-benar mengerti mengapa dia membuat pernyataan ini, mencoba menyalahkan perdana menteri kami, karena semua anggota MSG setuju untuk mengakui Indonesia sebagai anggota associate,” kata dia, dikutip dari radionz.co.nz

Terkait dengan aplikasi United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) untuk menjadi anggota penuh MSG, dalam KTT MSG terakhir di Port Moresby, Papua Nugini,  diputuskan untuk dikembalikan ke Sekretariat dan akan dibahas berdasarkan kriteria keanggotaan yang baru disepakati.

Kabuabola menegaskan bahwa posisi Papua Nugini dan Fiji sangat jelas, yaitu mengacu pada keputusan di KTT MSG. Ia mengatakan PM Solomon Islands, Rick Hou, juga mengambil posisi yang sama.

Belum diketahui apakah tuduhan Sogavare itu mewakili sikap resmi Solomon Islands. Walau tidak menjadi PM Solomon Islands lagi, Sogavare dinilai masih memiliki pengaruh yang kuat dalam pemerintahan.

Editor : Eben E. Siadari

PS Koanapo says issue of West Papua now gone beyond the region

 

  • By Jonas Cullwick
PS Koanapo says issue of West Papua now gone beyond the region
PS Koanapo says issue of West Papua now gone beyond the region

The issue of West Papua self-determination and violations of human rights has now progressed beyond the South Pacific islands region, says the Parliamentary Secretary (PS) for the Prime Minister’s Office, Johnny Koanapo. He said the issue that had Vanuatu as its lone advocator for many years and then Solomon Islands during the last two years now has the support of six other countries of the region from Micronesia and Polynesia.

PS Koanapo met the media with the intention of the government is to brief the people on how much work government has undertaken on the issue of West Papua.

“I wish to say that the government has done a lot of work on the issue of West Papua since the Charlot Salwai government came in in 2016 and the issue remains high on government’s international political agenda.

“There are a lot of arguments that government has not done enough on the issue of West Papua, but when we look at the events that government through the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers have endorsed Vanuatu’s participation, there were many.”

In March this year, the Council of Ministers under the leadership of Prime Minister Salwai, appointed Honorable Ronald Warsal (Minister of Justice and Community Services) to attend the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and Koanapo went with him when Vanuatu delivered a statement on behalf of the Pacific Islands Coalition for West Papua.

“May be, many people who have been dealing with the issue of West Papua, especially our former leaders like Barak Sope, Donald Kalpokas, the late Edward Natapei, Joe Natuman former Prime Minister now Deputy Prime Minister, have been walking with the people of West Papua for a very long time.

“And when we look at the political backup the people of Vanuatu give to the colonized people of West Papua, there’s only one country in the world that has been standing behind people who living under colonization by Indonesia. That country is Vanuatu. Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific that is standing behind the people of West Papua.

“And then at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ summit held in 2015 in Honiara, at that time Solomon Islands government through Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovareh came on board. And then as PM Sogovareh said to me when I represented government at that time when I was Director General of Foreign and also represented the country at the minister’s level that the position or stand the government of Solomon Islands is taking is inspired by the position and stand the Vanuatu government has taken since day one on the since to West Papua to this day.

“So, instead of just one I the Pacific, there was two. That’s the Vanuatu government and the Solomon Islands government. Then the Solomon Islands government spearheaded with the support of Vanuatu on the margins of the meeting of June July last year when PM Charlot Salwai attended the establishment of what we call the Pacific Islands of West Papua (PIWP) and then other countries of Micronesia and Polynesia have come on board. Altogether eight countries – Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga. So, Vanuatu, as the lone fighter, now has seven countries behind it for backup on the issue of West Papua.

“As a result in March this year, government through the Council of Ministers appropriated for Vanuatu’s participation at the Humans Rights Council meeting this year in Geneva. So, Minister Warsal and I went to the meeting where Honorable Warsal delivered a very strong statement. It was a political statement on behalf of BIGWIP members in the Pacific.

“I also wish to mention that when we have this coalition, Vanuatu’s strategy is for us to try shift advocacy for the issue of West Papua beyond the region. When we were introducing the issue at MSG, Vanuatu was the only country behind it.

“I am briefing us today as a former director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who has been behind much of the speeches and writings, to say that I’ve never seen before a government that has taken the issue of WP so strongly as the government of Charlot Salwai and Joe Natuman is making today.

“There are reasons for this. In the past governments tended to take different kinds of approaches. Some prefer for us to take a stronger diplomatic approach at the international level to lobby. Some prefer we have more dialogue with the colonizing power, Indonesia since 1962 to today that they continue to colonize the people of West Papua.

“So, the government of Charlot Salwai also appointed a special envoy. This special envoy was our Ambassador at the European Union, Ambassador Roy Micky Joy, to help lobby at the European Union jurisdiction and he also helped to lobby at the African Union. And he also helped to lobby at the Caribbean. We have divided this task and it is the first time.

“During my 16 years in office at the Foreign Affairs, I see that this government is very serious about the issue of West Papua.”

“Maybe the Opposition has some views that government may not be advancing, but I have not seen any opposition in the past with the credentials to advance this issue, except this government today has moved this issue on more than ever. I say this with a lot of confidence that the issue of West Papua today has already moved beyond the region,” the PS for the PM’s Office said.

“This government when it came in, it took this issue from being a bilateral issue just of Vanuatu, but a regional issue, which we have moved beyond the level of MSG in which we have differences of opinion on how we deal with the issue of West Papua because the diplomatic of Indonesia is strong. This made Vanuatu the only country in MSG to push the issue ahead. But the issue has now moved beyond the jurisdiction of MSG,” he said.

“It has moved to the level of the Forum and has become a regional issue. And if you see how the issue was listed in the South Pacific Islands Forum meeting last week to deal with out of 14 issues, one of them is West Papua.”

“I wish to take this opportunity to commend the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, a very proactive SG who understands the situation of the people of West Papua who are colonized and continued to face human rights abuses on the own land. I note too that when we were at the Pacific Islands Forum last year, PM CS made a lot of bi-laterals with many countries and he talked about the issue of West Papua, for it to come before the Forum Leaders retreat. And at the retreat, PM Salwai took the lead on the issue of West Papua. Because the PM of Solomon Islands was not present so PM Salwai had to do the lobby and he continued to put the issue on the table and he continued to advocate for the issue to come before the United Nations.

“On the level of the work that the government has done, PM Salwai also appointed me as his Special Emissary for me to undertake shuttle diplomacy in the region, starting last month when the Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers meeting was held in Suva, I went there special emissary of the PM to present a case at bi-laterals of member countries to talk about the importance of how PM Salwai and PM Sogovareh see the issue of West Papua.

“I also wish to mention to the people of Vanuatu to understand that when the government of today says that we are shifting the issue of West Papua beyond MSG and beyond the region, it simply means also the level of work government is making outside of the region. In around June this year, at the ACP Ministerial meeting in Brussels, the government assigned me to attend this ministerial meeting with Minister Ralph Regenvanu, and because Minister Regenvanu was engaged with other assignments, I undertook this assignment on behalf of Vanuatu where I tabled the issue of West Papua for the first time in history as an agenda at the ACP Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium.

“I also wish to place on record for the people of Vanuatu to know that government also assigned Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy to do this work in his capacity at the Committee of Ambassadors at the process of ACP to table the issue of West Papua at the Committee of Ambassadors level. The Committee of Ambassadors is comprised of Ambassadors and senior officials of countries based in Brussels to continue to discuss the agenda and formulate resolutions to come to the Ministerial level and at the Ministerial they took up this agenda before it reached the leaders’ level.

“It was the first time too I lobbied with the Secretary General of ACP to continue to maintain this agenda item at the ACP.

“I believe strongly that the government will continue to participate at upcoming ministerial meetings and this issue continues to feature prominently in the agenda of ACP.

“At the same too, with the help provided by the Vanuatu government mission in Brussels, we see a website totally dedicated to ACP and European members to access information on what is happening in West Papua. We all know that today West Papua is a flashpoint, an area of conflict between Melanesia and the Asians, but not country is willing to take this up. We all know too that West Papuans today face a reality of genocide including cultural genocide where thousands of Indonesians everyday flock into West Papua with their immigration policy, which means that the Melanesians will find themselves already a minority in their own land. This is the reason why the people at the time of the New Hebrides were afraid of at that time pushed to have our independence because our land was alienated so much that we were afraid of losing it and our identify. This is an opportunity that the West Papuans have today.

“West Papuans continue to be exposed to human rights abuse and it is sad to see that not every country want to take up this issue.”

“I wish to assure the people of Vanuatu that PM Salwai is making everything necessary and we work under him, the PM assigns us with the mandate to make sure that the voice of the voiceless is heard around the world. And today for the first time, in the last two months the lobby pushed by Vanuatu has reached the Caribbean and today I also wish to say that seven countries in the Caribbean out of 15 are behind the issue of West Papua today. And we continue to lobby with the African Union and I believe that in the coming months the government of Vanuatu will continue to push in the African Union so the countries of Africa are more aware of the issue of West Papua.

“Interestingly, when I conducted a bilateral in June with the government of Belgium, they said they were never aware of West Papua. The issue of West Papua is an issue hidden under a carpet because the press was never allowed to go freely to see the people and to hear from them what happened and their views on the destiny they see for themselves. It is a sad reality that is there.

“The issue now has progress to the international stage and I say this with a lot of confidence that the issue has never taken so much international attention as it is today simple because the government is serious about, there is no second opinion on it as to whether the government will take up the issue or not.

“The government has taken on this role because it is a global country and we are global citizens with obligations to defend such things as human rights, which are parts of the rights of a human being.

In addition to all these, the Prime Ministers of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands are organizing a side event at the UN General Assembly in New York next week to continue to lobby for West Papua, so that when leaders make their political statements at the GA these will reflect these efforts.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

 

Papua Nugini Tak Masalah ULMWP Jadi Anggota MSG

Ketua MSG, Manasseh Sogavare (kanan) dan PM Papua Nugini, Peter O’Neill. (Foto: Sekretariat Pers PM Solomon Islands)
Ketua MSG, Manasseh Sogavare (kanan) dan PM Papua Nugini, Peter O’Neill. (Foto: Sekretariat Pers PM Solomon Islands)

PORT MORESBY, SATUHARAPAN.COM – Perdana Menteri Papua Nugini, Peter O Neill, mengatakan keanggotaan United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) dalam organisasi regional Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) tidak masalah bagi negara itu.

Yang penting menurut dia adalah ULMWP harus membuktikan bahwa organisasi itu merupakan sebuah badan yang bersatu mewakili pandangan kolektif rakyat Papua, sebagaimana halnya Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Sosial (FLNKS) terbukti sebagai badan yang bersatu mewakili pandangan kolektif bangsa Kanak di Kaledonia Baru.

Sikap Papua Nugini ini disampaikan kepada Perdana Menteri Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, selaku ketua MSG, dalam pertemuan mereka di Port Moresby Rabu (15/03).

Siaran pers kantor PM Sogavare mengatakan pertemuan tersebut merupakan putaran akhir dari konsultasi Sogavare dengan para pemimpin MSG, sejak Solomon Islands memegang posisi keketuaan pada Juni 2015. Sebelumnya, ia sudah bertemu dengan para pemimpin MSG lainnya, seperti PM Vanuatu, PM Fiji dan Juru Bicara FLNKS.

“Saya sekarang senang bahwa saya akhirnya bertemu dengan Perdana Menteri O’Neill kemarin dan pertemuan saya dengan PM Papua Nugini, seperti pertemuan sebelumnya dengan para pemimpin MSG lainya, sangat bermanfaat,” kata dia, dikutip dari siaran persnya hari ini (16/03).

Sogavare mengatakan pada pertemuan tersebut, mereka antara lain membicarakan hasil dari pertemuan Sub Committee on Legal and Institutional Issues (SCLII) MSG di Port Villa pada September lalu. Sogavare menginformasikan kepada PM Papua Nugini bahwa pertemuan itu telah menghasilkan pedoman keanggotaan MSG yang direvisi.

Pedoman itu telah dibawa ke Senior Official Meeting (SOM) dan Foreign Minister Meeting (FMM). Hasilnya pun telah dibahas kembali pada SCLII dan kemudian disetujui oleh lembaga-lembaga di bawah MSG pada Desember 2016.

Sogavare mengatakan ia menginformasikan kepada PM Papua Nugini bahwa PM Salwai dari Vanuatu dan juru bicara FLNKS, Tutugoro serta PM Fiji, Bainimarama sudah menyetujui prinsip-prinsip pedoman keanggotaan MSG. Menurut dia, pedoman keanggotaan yang direvisi tersebut memberikan proses yang sangat transparan untuk para pemimpin MSG memusyawarahkan aplikasi keanggotaan MSG.

Atas hal itu, menurut Sogavare, PM Papua Nugini mendukung revisi tersebut dan para pemimpin MSG akan bertemu secara resmi menyetujuinya pada pertemuan pemimpin MSG mendatang.

Sogavare mengatakan ia juga menginformasikan kepada PM Papua Nugini bahwa aplikasi keanggotaan ULMWP akan ditangani berdasarkan kriteria keanggotaan yang telah direvisi tersebut.

Menanggapi hal itu, O’Neill mengatakan keanggotaan ULMWP di MSG tidak masalah bagi Papua Nugini. Namun, ia menambahkan, yang penting adalah ULMWP harus membuktikan bahwa ia adalah sebuah organisasi yang bersatu yang mewakili pandangan kolektif rakyat Papua seperti halnya FLNKS yang jelas bersatu  mewakili pandangan kolektif bangsa Kanaks di Kaledonia Baru.

Lebih jauh, Sogavare mengatakan dalam pertemuan itu PM Papua Nugini menegaskan  bahwa setiap pembicaraan tentang isu kedaulatan (Papua) harus dilakukan secara sepatutnya dengan Komite Dekolonisasi PBB di New York dan Komisi Hak Asasi Manusia di Jenewa.

Sebagai catatan, MSG adalah organisasi sub-regional di Pasifik. Anggota penuh terdiri dari Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua Nugini, Fiji dan FLNKS. Sedangkan Indonesia adalah anggota associate.

Sementara itu ULMWP sampai saat ini berstatus sebagai peninjau dan berupaya untuk menjadi anggota.

Selain membicarakan isu Papua, dalam pertemuan itu Sogavare mengatakan mereka berdua membicarakan berbagai isu lain terkait kepentingan MSG. Di antaranya adalah:

  • MSG Special Leaders’ Summit;
  • Hasil dari pertemuan sub-committee on Legal and Institutional Issues {SCLII) di Port Vila in December 2016.
  • Masalah Papua
  • MSG Free Trade Agreement;
  • MSG Labour Mobility,
  • Tinjauan independen tentang sekretariat MSG
  • Penyerahan keketuaan MSG dari Solomon Islands kepada Papua Nugini.

Editor : Eben E. Siadari

Peter O’Neill: ULMWP’s membership of the MSG is not an issue to PNG

He said Prime Minister O’Neill expressed the ULMWP’s membership of the MSG is not an issue to PNG but rather the ULMWP proving that it is a united body that represents the collective views of the people of West Papua just as the FLNKS is evidently a united body representing the collective views of the Kanaks of New Caledonia.

Pernyataan sebelumnya dari Peter O’Neill melahirkan istilah yang dilahirkan oleh Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP) sebagai “politics of engagement”, sebagai pendekatan Melanesia yang bijak dalam rangka membangun tanggal menuju penyelesaian komprehensiv masalah yang ada antara NKRI dengan West Papua.

Hal kedua yang dikatakan oleh pemimpin bangsa Papua ini ialah bahwa permasalahannya ialah ULMWP sendiri sebagai sebuah lembaga, apakah ULMWP mewakili semua komponen bangsa Papua? Peter O’Neill tidak mengatakan “semua pendukung Papua Merdeka”, tetapi “semua komponen bangsa Papua”.

Artinya bahwa ULMWP harus merangkul lembaga seperti berikut:

  1. Presidium Dewan Papua (PDP)
  2. Dewan Adat Papua (DAP)
  3. Majelis Rakyat Papua (MRP)
  4. Majels Rakyat Papua Papua Barat (MRP-PB)
  5. Lembaga Musyawarah Adat (LMA) Papua dan LMA Papua Barat
  6. Dewan Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Koteka (DeMMAK)
  7. Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP)
  8. West Papua Indigenous Organisation/Association (WPIO/A)
  9. West Papua National Authority (WPNA)
  10. Negara Republik Federal West Papua (NRFPB)
  11. Komite Nasional Papua Barat (KNPB)
  12. West Papua National Coalition for West Papua (WPNCL)
  13. Perempuan Papua Merdeka
  14. Pemuda Papua Merdeka
  15. Intelektual Papua Merdeka

Setelah mendaftarkan organisasi antara lain seperti disebutkan di atas, kemudian ULMWP perlu mengangtkan para pejabat ULMWP dari orang-orang yang ada di dalam West Papua maupun yang ada di luar negeri. Nama-nama seperti berikut seharusnya disebutkan sebagai Anggota Executive dari ULMWP. Tidak bijaksana kalau ULMWP hadir HANYA mewakili pro Papua Merdeka:

  1. Thaha Moh. Al-Hamid
  2. Forkorus Yaboisembut
  3. Benny Giay
  4. Fransalbert Joku
  5. Sofyan Yoman
  6. Phillip S. Karma
  7. Markus Haluk
  8. Nicolaas Jouwe
  9. Ramses Ohee
  10. Matius Murib
  11. dll

Nama-nama yang sudah dikenal NKRI yang ada di dalam negeri West Papua juga harus disebutkan.

Tujuan organisasi ULMWP ialah untuk berjuang berhadapan dengan NKRI, oleh karena itu ULMWP tidak harus lari keluar dan bicara di luar-luar, tetapi harus membawa diri masuk ke dalam NKRI, harus menugaskan orang-orang di dalma NKRI.

Tentu saja, sebelum itu harus ada Undang-Undang yang dengan jelas dan panjang-lebar mengatur semua tugas, tanggungjawab dan wewenang, disertai sanksi dan hukuman serta upah.

Kalau tidak begitu, Peter O’Neill akan tahu persis, bahwa teman-teman, dan adik-adiknya bangsa Papua di wilayah West Papua BELUM SIAP untuk melepaskan diri dari NKRI. Oleh karena itu, solusi terbaik ialah West Papua tinggal di dalma NKRI, sambil menunggu bangsa Papua di West Papua mempersiapkan diri.

MSG Chair Dubs Meeting With PNG Prime Minister As ‘Very Fruitful’

The MSG Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the PNG Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill.
The MSG Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the PNG Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare of Solomon Islands has described his dialogue with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill as ‘very fruitful.’

The MSG Chair met with Hon O’Neill in the PNG Capital, Port Moresby yesterday, concluding his second and final round of consultations with MSG leaders since taking up the chairmanship of the Melanesian sub-regional grouping in June 2015.

The key issues of discussion included the following:

  • MSG Special Leaders’ Summit;
  • Outcome of the Meeting of the MSG sub-committee on Legal and Institutional Issues {SCLII) in Port Vila in December 2016. SCLII is the MSG sub-committee that makes recommendations to the MSG Governing Bodies- Senior Officials Meeting, Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Leaders’ Summit;
  • West Papua;
  • MSG Free Trade Agreement;
  • MSG Labour Mobility, Independent Review of the MSG Secretariat; and
  • MSG Chairmanship Handover from Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea.

Speaking after his meeting with Prime Minister O’Neill, the MSG Chair said “I had a very fruitful meeting with the PNG Prime Minister on the agendas of discussion as I also had with Prime Minister Charlot Salwai of Vanuatu, Victor Tutugoro of the FLNKS and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji earlier on in February.”

On the issue of Special Leaders’ Summit, the MSG Chair said he expressed regret over his inability to convene any Special Leaders’ Summit in December 2016 due to the non-availability of colleague leaders.

He said a Special Leaders’ Summit was supposed to be held to approve the recommendations from various bodies of MSG including SCLII.

However, the MSG Chair said the various bodies of the MSG- SCLII and Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)- did meet and made a number of recommendations to the Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) for submission to the Leaders’ Summit for final approval.

He said the MSG Capitals’ visit was therefore important to consult with colleague leaders on various recommendations from the various MSG Bodies for final approval

“I have met with both Prime Minister Charlot Salwai of Vanuatu and Victor Tutugoro of the FLNKS in Port Vila and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji in Suva as part of this second and final round of consultations earlier in February this year. I was supposed to travel on to Port Moresby to meet with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill but had to postpone the Port Moresby leg of the trip because the PNG Parliament was in session.

“I am now pleased that I finally met with Prime Minister O’Neill yesterday and my meeting with the PNG Prime Minister like my previous meetings with my other colleague leaders was very fruitful.”

On the Outcome of the Meeting of SCLII in Port Vila in September last year, the MSG Chair said he informed Prime Minister O’Neill that the meeting endorsed the proposed Revised MSG Membership Guidelines and was brought to the attention of the SOM and FMM in their meeting which immediately followed the SCLII meeting and were endorsed by the Governing Bodies in December 2016.

He said he informed the PNG Prime Minister that Prime Minister Salwai, FLNKS Spokesman, Mr Tutugoro and Prime Minister Bainimarama have all agreed in principle to the Revised MSG Membership Guidelines and during his consultations with them.

The revised guidelines provide a very transparent process for Leaders to deliberate on an application for membership whereby they enhance and protect the decision-making process and respect the reporting structure of the MSG at the Summit level as stipulated under Articles 7 (1) and (2) of the MSG Agreement.

The MSG Chair said Prime Minister O’Neill in turn expressed support for the Revised MSG Membership Guidelines and as such, Leaders will meet and formally approve them at the next MSG Leaders’ Summit.

On the issue of West Papua, the MSG Chair said he told Prime Minister O’Neill that the United Liberation Movement of West Papua’s (ULMWP’s) application for membership of the MSG will be dealt with under the Revised MSG Membership Criteria.

He said Prime Minister O’Neill expressed the ULMWP’s membership of the MSG is not an issue to PNG but rather the ULMWP proving that it is a united body that represents the collective views of the people of West Papua just as the FLNKS is evidently a united body representing the collective views of the Kanaks of New Caledonia.

The MSG Chair said the PNG Prime Minister further stated that any discussion on the issue of sovereignty should be taken up appropriately with the United Nations Decolonisation Committee (C24) in New York and the Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

On the issue of MSG Free Trade Agreement, the MSG Chair said Prime Minister O’Neill stated that PNG will be signing up the agreement after sorting out some issues of concern with Fiji.

On the issue of MSG Labour Mobility, the MSG Chair said Prime Minister O’Neill has expressed desire to see this opened up so that Melanesians from other Melanesian countries do not have to apply for work permit to work in PNG and vice versa.

On the issue of Independent Review of the MSG Secretariat, the MSG Chair told Prime Minister O’Neill that the purpose of the review, which started since January pursuant to the Governing Body decision in December for the review to be undertaken. Its bold objective is to ensure a wholly functional, resilient and robust secretariat that delivers on the mandates of leaders.

He said the PNG Prime Minister conveyed PNG’s firm support for the review and offered assistance to the secretariat to ensure the reform is undertaken smoothly and swiftly.

On the issue of MSG Chairmanship Handover, the MSG Chair said he had sought the view of Prime Minister O’Neill as to when should Solomon Islands hand over the chairmanship to PNG this year and the PNG Prime Minister said Solomon Islands should hold on to the position until after the PNG General Elections in June.

The MSG Chair and his delegation will return to Honiara tomorrow, Friday 17th March.

PM Sogavare On Final Leg of Second MSG Tour

MSG Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare of Solomon Islands.
MSG Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare of Solomon Islands.

Chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has arrived in the Papua New Guinea Capital this evening to complete his second visit of the MSG Capitals.

Hon Sogavare already visited two other M-S-G capitals of Port Vila, Vanuatu, and Suva, Fiji in January this year.

He did not travel to Port Moresby because his counterpart, Peter O’Neil was unavailable at the time.

Hon Sogavare did meet New Caledonia’s FLNKs representative in his January visit to Port Vila.

The MSG Chair uses his MSG Capital visits to discuss issues affecting and of concern to MSG Members.

His meeting with his PNG Counterpart is scheduled for Wednesday March 15th.

Tomorrow, Hon Sogavare will pay a courtesy call on Governor General, His Excellency Bob Dadae.

Hon Sogavare is accompanied by Madame Sogavare, the Secretary to the MSG Chair, Mr Rence Sore and two other officers from the Prime Minister’s Office and two Close-Protection Police officers.

Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda: Let All Beings Sing, Praise the Lord for PCWP Support in Geneva Last Night

In the morning of Thursday, March 2, 10`7, I woke up from my sleep, wandering why this morning, the birds and other beings on the ground, were making a lot and a lot of noise, not as usual. I was also visited by many guests during my sleep: all troops who dies in the fight against Indonesia came, having a big party all night; including my younger brothers the Late Gen. Kelly Kwalik and Brig. Gen. Hans Bomay were there.

I wanted to talk to them, but they all just waved and said, “celebrate, celebrate, celebrate, ….. so many times.”

When I reconnect back to the morning dancing and singing I was having in the West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) Central Headquarters in the Jungle Of New Guinea this morning, I am then told that “We are also telling you, “celebrate, celebrate, celebrate…”

I did not wait, I went out and sing songs, dancing and singing and dancing for some 30 minutes, until all other troops woke up. Most of them joined into my songs, others were confused. They thought, “How come this old man is now drunk? He is a priest, carries the Bible on the right hand, and his gun on the left hand, but now he is drunk?” They thought “No, he is not drunk”.

I praise you the Lord, Almighty God, for your creation of this New Guinea Island, for the people of Melanesia, for our culture, for wisdom and understanding that you gave us, that make us unique in this planet Earth, that glorify your own power and presence. Today I praise you the Lord, for what you have done to me and to my struggle to free my people from the colonialism of Indonesia.

You have created us Melanesians and given us our places, starting from Raja Ampat of West Papua to Fiji, from Biak and Manus Islands to New Caledonia, this is what we humans ended up calling ourselves as Melanesian peoples, the peoples of the Black Archipelago, to pair with the Black Continent of Africa.

This morning I have a vision, that singing and dancing is the key towards victory, and together with the spirits of those who have died during this struggle, I now wake up, stand up, dance and sing, to praise you alone.

I pray that God bless West Papua governor, my Son Lukas Enembe, PNG Prime Minister my Son Peter O’Neill, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare Vanuatu Prime Minister Mr. Charlot Salwai, Kanak LeaderVictor Tutugoro, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama so that they stand up united, strong and one voice, for the sake of their own Melanesian Identity and Integrity, for the sake of our unity and sovereignty, as we all came out from one father, and one mother, our father is Melanesia, our mother is Melanesia.

After praying all these, Gen. Wenda quickly went to lay down and slept for about 30 minutes, then he asked one of his staff to go to connect to the Internet and read if there is anything coming out.

He then realised, that just a few hours before his dancing and praying, Seven Pacific Leaders were speaking at the UN Human Rights Commission Meeting in Geneva, on behalf of the Pacific Coalition on West Papua (PCWP).

He then asked all his staff members to clap their hands, and again praise the Lord. He then bowed his head down to the Earth, and said,

Let All Beings Sing, Praise the Lord for PCWP Support in Geneva Last Night

Tarimanu tuding tindakan MSG belakangan ini memalukan Melanesia

Jayapura, Jubi Mantan politisi, pejabat pemerintah, tokoh adat dan tokoh masyarakat sipil, George Tarimanu, tampil ke muka publik menyatakan pendangan kerasnya menggugat Sekretariat Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

Dilansir Daily Post Vanuatu, Selasa (28/2/2017) Tarimanu juga mengatakan apa yang terjadi di kalangan pimpinan MSG belakangan ini tidak mungkin dikehendaki oleh para pendahulu pendiri MSG. Dalam pandangannya, para Pemimpin MSG telah gagal membangun kerjasama seperti cita-cita para pemimpin Melanesia yang seharusnya.

“Ini benar-benar memalukan bagi rakyat Melanesia, dan jelas menunjukkan bahwa para Pemimpin MSG tak lagi bekerjasama untuk kebaikan rakyat di negeri-negeri Melanesia seperti mandat pendirian MSG,” ujar tokoh yang mendapat penghargaan Order of the British Empire (OBE) dari Ratu Inggris Queen Elizabeth, dipenghujung kekuasaan kolonial Inggris dan Perancis akhir 1970-an.

Bulan-bulan terakhir ini, lanjutnya, tampak sekali para pemimpin MSG terpecah posisinya terkait beberapa isu penting. Isu yang dimaksud antara lain West Papua dan aplikasi keanggotaan penuhnya ke dalam MSG serta penunjukan Direktur Jenderal, yang menurut Tarimanu, merupakan indikasi jelas adanya perpecahan antar para Pemimpin MSG.

“Tak saja membuat malu rakyat Melanesia, namun juga mencederai nama baik MSG di luar negeri dan di dunia internasional, padahal MSG adalah institusi Melanesia yang sangat dihormati rakyat Melanesia juga pemerintah-pemerintah dunia,” tegas dia.

Tarimanu menuntut agar para pemimpin MSG segera menyingkirkan perbedaan mereka, dan kepada Sekretariat MSG mengelola urusan internalnya dengan profesional.

“Negara-negara anggota harus keluar dari Melanesian Nasara (ruang publik) dan menunjukkan pada rakyat Melanesia dan dunia bahwa mereka dapat berpegang pada visi para pendiri MSG,” ujar tokoh yang dihormati dan telah lama duduk di Konsil Vanua’aku Party National.

Tarimanu sejak awal telah keras memrotes tindakan para pemimpin Melanesia yang ragu mengintegrasikan West Papua melalui ULMWP ke dalam MSG.

“Sebagai salah satu pejuang kemerdekaan politik Vanuatu, saya tidak habis fikir melihat kecenderungan para pemimpin MSG yang tidak sanggup berdiri membela saudara saudari Melanesianya di West Papua,” ujarnya pertengahan tahun lalu.

Akhir Januari lalu seperti telah diberitakan Jubi, Ketua MSG, Perdana Menteri Manasseh Sogavare menunda kunjungannya ke PNG sebagai bagian Tur Melanesia untuk membicarakan hasil pertemuan terkait Pedoman Keanggotaan MSG dan isu-isu terkait MSG lainnya.

Setelah berkunjung ke Vanuatu dan Fiji, Sogavare tidak dapat melanjutkan kunjungannya ke PNG untuk bertemu PM Peter O’Neill. Dikatakan penundaan kunjungan itu hingga akhir Februari namun hingga saat ini belum ada konfirmasi kelanjutan rencana tersebut.

Sogavare dikatakan tidak akan mengeluarkan pernyataan publik apapun terkait hasil tur tersebut sebelum dapat bertemu PM O’Neill sebagai penutup turnya.

Sekretariat MSG di Port Vila dikabarkan telah dilanda isu pendanaan dan pemeriksaan terkait kelembagaannya telah direkomendasikan oleh penilai independen menyangkut persoalan keuangan yang tidak kunjung selesai, ditambah isu peninjauan kembali pedoman keanggotaan MSG terkait keanggotaan West Papua di MSG.(*)

West Papua Problem Will Only be Solved in Melanesian Way, by Melanesian Leaders

West Papua Liberation Army (WPRA) Secretary-General, towards the end term of his office before the secretariat-general office is being ended by its Commander in Chief, Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda, made a public statement last night that “West Papua Problem Will Only be Solved in Melanesian Way, by Melanesian leaders“, in reply to written questions sent by PMNews (Free West Papua News at papuapost.com via Email and Mobile Text Message.

PMNews: Hello, this is from PMNews again, we would like to ask some questions in relation to current development of West Papua independence campaign. It was reported recently that the Solomon Islands Prime Minister as the Chair of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has toured and met other Melanesian leaders, except the PNG Prime Minister. What do you make out of this development?

WPRA: We thank to God, Almighty, creator of our Melanesian Islands, particularly the home of Melanesians, the Isle of New Guinea, and to our Melnaesian leaders, who are already standing up for their own people and our common identity as Melanesians.

About the current progress of MSG Chair meeting other MSG leaders, we are really grateful that this is happening. About MSG Chair not yet met PNG Premier, please PMNews,do not worry about this. This is exactly we call “The Melaensian Way”. The most obvious feature of the “Melanesian Way” is: UNPREDICTABLE. Please not it, Melanesians are unpredictable, what we do always unpredictable. When Barack Obama, Donal Trump, T. May, Joko Widodo say something, then most of us will be able to predict what they mean and what they imply at the same time. But when Melanesian peoples say something, they can mean something totally different, it is just unpredictable.

PMNews: United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was promised to be accepted as Full Member of the MSG by early 2017, but this did not happen. Do you think this is also related to “The Melanesian Way”?

WPRA: You are absolutely right. You got it now. That is exactly why I said, we are Melanesians, and we are unpredictable.What we do is the same as the modern world do things. Melanesians are Melanesians. West Papua Issue is now Melanesian Issue, and we are now already dealing with it. Do not do things in Melanesia according to the Western mindset. It will have a counter-productive outcome.

PMNews: Does it mean Melanesian leaders can make promises but then it is OK if they do not deliver?

WPRA: You were already good in previous question, but now you got it wrong in this question. PLEASE: Do not focus on semi-membership and full-membership. That is western mind. Please focus on “membership”. Full stop. ULMWP is ALREADY a member of the MSG, full stop.

Be thankful, work on it, cultivate and nurture communication and collaboration with Melanesian leaders, our own leaders. Do not treat PNG Premier and Solomon Premier as different peoples. They are just one: Melanesian leaders.

West Papua just born into Melanesian family, a new born baby. Do not ask for food yet, milk first. Work first, cultivate first, nurture first, then things will evolve automatically and naturally. We are not talking about other peoples. We are talking about our own Melanesia and Melanesians. Think in Melanesian Way, Act in Melanesian Way.

PMNews: Elaborate more on the “Melaensian Way” that you are talking about.

WPRA: Just one short story. If you want a girl from another clan, what do you normally do? You must behave, you must show yourself capable man, know how to build house, make garden, and be a man, a husband. If your thinking and behavior is like a small kids, no woman will be willing to marry you, no clan will approve you to get their daughter.

You do not need to go around, you do not need to go to their men’s houses and put notice and distribute leaflets asking for support for your marriage with the girl. You do not need to ask other boys to join you in your demonstration. That will make the whole thing counter-productive, right?

What you should do is “behave”, do things that Melanesian peoples do in order to get attention, and in order to get support!

When we Melanesians live long time in the west, then we forget our own Melanesian Way. This is why we say we are Melanesians, but we do in western way. “Our Voice is like that of Jacob’s, but our skin feels like that of Esau’s”. What a game we are into now.

Get out from there. Be Melanesians, do things in Melanesian Way.

Everything is already on the right track. Nothing to worry about. Just TRUST….

  1. Trust in God and His miracles;
  2. Trust in Melanesia and Melanesian leaders’ wisdom
  3. Trust in Yourselves as Melanesians in West Papua.

And then…

  1. As far as possible, avoid to trust opinion from Non-Melanesian(s), because they have their own interests and we do not want them to change our course into their course;
  2. As far as possible, DELETE doubt in yourself, and in your own Melanesian peoples, because that is the deadliest disease that we can have in order to destroy us Melanesians and our future; and
  3. Only then, you can have the capability to absorb and comprehend ideas and suggestions from outside Melanesia, and then you can properly make use of things coming from outside.

PMNews: Your advice is not really easy, because we are in a globalised world, out West Papuan leaders now live in the West and we do not know what things they are getting from there and what things they want to use to Free West Papua.

WPRA: The right Melanesian leaders from West Papua will choose to live in one of Melanesian states, just like what Any Ayamiseba and The Late Dr. OPM John Otto Ondawame did. If they choose to live in the western countries, we will surely know that they dot not FULLY represent West Papuans, but they PARTLY represent non-Melanesians as well.

PMNwes: Any advice for Melanesian youths in West Papua and all over Indonesia?

WPRA: Not now, nothing to say for them right now.

Since 2004, WPRA has already been active in building bases for Free West Papua Campaign across Melanesian states. Since 2006, or ten years ago, we already have moved the Field  of West Papua Political Match from Western New Guinea to Eastern New Guinea. Therefore, the match now is happening in PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Kanaky and Vanuatu, not in West Papua or Indonesia anymore.

There is no comment for spectators. When there is a match, people normally give comments on the match, not on the spectators. Thank you.

 

MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour

The chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has postponed the PNG leg of his Melanesia tour.

Manasseh Sogavare
Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

 

The tour, his second as chairperson, is to discuss the restructuring of the MSG Secretariat in Vanuatu and the revision of MSG Membership Guidelines with other MSG leaders.

Earlier this week Mr Sogavare met with his Vanuatu counterpart, Charlot Salwai in Port Vila and also with FLNKS spokesperson Victor Tutugoro.

Today he is to meet with the Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Suva.

The Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at Government House in Auckland
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. Photo: RNZ/ALEX PERROTTET

Following that meeting Mr Sogavare was supposed to fly to Port Moresby to meet with PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill.

But this leg of the tour has now been postponed until February.

Mr Sogavare, who flys back to Solomon Islands on Sunday, said he would not be releasing a statement on the outcome of the tour until he completes the PNG leg in February.

The MSG secretariat in Port Vila has been plaqued by issues with funding and its overhaul was recommended by an independent review commissioned because of persistent funding problems and the review of membership guidelines has arisen over the issue of West Papuan membership to the Melanesian Spearhead group.

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu favour West Papuan Membership while Fiji and Papua New Guinea support Indonesia’s view that it should represent West Papuan interests in the group.

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/

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