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United Liberation Movement for West Papua fulfils prerequisites for MSG membership
7:17 pm GMT+12, 13/02/2018, Papua New Guinea

United Liberation Movement  for West Papua (ULMWP) expresses deep gratitude to Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and the PNG Government for inviting the  ULMWP to the 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leader s’ Summit between 10 and 15 February 2018 in Port Moresby . 
 
ULMWP Spokesperson Jacob Rumbiak hopes  its application to become a full member will be realised at this  meeting,  because “it  is  the  aspiration  of  all  West Papuans  to  join  this  organisation  of  our  Melanesian brothers and sisters”.  
 
“Becoming  a full member of MSG  is  not  merely  a  political desire,  but more  importantly about reconnecting ourselves with our  Melanesian family” he  added. 
 
“This is all about respecting human dignity and family issues.  It is not a political game. We are part of the great Melanesian family”. West  Papuans applied  for membership of the MSG in  Noumea ( New  Caledonia) in  2013  but  were rejected on grounds that they were not  united.
 
The application was represented in 2014, but PNG Prime Minister O'Neil recommended more work on critical membership criteria issues. 
 
Later  in  2014,  the  Vanuatu Government  facilitated  a  meeting  of  West  Papuan  leaders  in  Port  Vila,where  the  people  united  under  the  coordination  of  an  elected 'United  Liberation  Movement  for 
West Papua' on 6 December 2014.
 
At  its  most  recent  meeting  in  Vanuatu,  in  December  2017,  the ULMWP reformed its  leadership  structures to  reflect  the formation  of  Executive,  Legislative  and  Judicial  functions.  It published its short, medium, and long-term political and social agendas, and demonstrated the unity of the iconic West Papuan military. 
 
“Now,  all  our  friends  from  around  the  world,  our  families  in  Polynesia,  Micronesia,  and  Melanesia, alongside  Papuans  from  Sorong  to  Samurai,  are  praying  for  good  news  from  Prime  Minister O'Neil and the other MSG leaders.”.

SOURCE: ULMWP/PACNEWS
 


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