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Pacific leaders resolve for Papua to be taken up at UN

Vanuatu says the Pacific Islands Forum leaders have resolved for regional countries concerned about West Papua to take it up at the United Nations.

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2016.

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2016. Photo: PNG PM media

The Vanuatu prime minister Charlot Salwai says that Forum leaders at last week’s summit in the Federated States of Micronesia reached consensus on reports of alleged human rights violations committed by Indonesia in Papua.

According to the Vanuatu Daily Post, this includes the Forum bringing the allegations to the table with Indonesia, and taking up the case at the UN Human Rights Committee.

This comes after the Forum abandoned last year’s plan to have a fact-finding mission to Indonesia’s Papua region, after Jakarta opposed the idea.

Despite West Papua self-determination and human rights abuses being billed as a leading item for the Forum leaders agenda last week, the summit’s resulting communique was light on substance about Papua.

“Leaders recognised the political sensitivities of the issue of West Papua (Papua) and agreed the issue of alleged human rights violations in West Papua (Papua) should remain on their agenda,”

it read.

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Charlot Salwai listens to speeches at the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opening in the Micronesian capital Palikir on September 8, 2016.

The leaders reportedly agreed on the importance of an open and constructive dialogue with Indonesia on the issue.

However the regional response about Papua is increasingly directed at the UN, rather than the Forum which Mr Salwai concedes has very few member states supporting the call for West Papuan self-determination.

He said the five Forum countries who do support it, believe that if there are human rights violations there, it is because of West Papuans’ political aspirations.

Mr Salwai said the Forum resolved for these countries to take up the case at the UN Decolonisation Committee and he is going to raise the issue of alleged human rights abuses in West Papua at this month’s UN General Assembly in New York.

Pacific leaders resolve for Papua to be taken up at UN was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

PM emphasises PIDF summit theme

solomonstarnews.com, Published: 13 July 2016

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare said, the theme of the 4th Leaders’ Summit do recognises the fact that the health, wealth, history, culture and identity of the peoples of the Pacific Islands are vast and diverse.

Speaking at the official opening of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit, at the Lawson Tama stadium on Tuesday, Mr Sogavare said the theme underpins the role oceans play to the biological diversity of the people within the Pacific realm.

The theme of the current Leaders’ Summit is ‘Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Nations’.

“It reinforces hat fact that the geographical vastness of our nations is immeasurable.

“We cannot deny the fact that we are oceans people; we live by the ocean and we are big ocean states,” he said.

He added, we as Pacific Islanders can easily correlate the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals to the health and welfare of the ocean that we share among us.

“Oceans cover approximately 70.8% or 361 million square kilometres of earth’s surface with a volume of about 1,370 million cubic kilometres. The oceans contain 97% of our planet’s available water.

“In our Pacific region, we can say that careful management of our ocean is key to our sustainable future”.

The Prime Minister said, the theme of stewardship for Healthy Oceans and Healthy Nations is also meant to stimulate the intellectual thinking capacities of the Pacific Island leaders who are part of the current PIDF summit, in Honiara.

“Let us have this intellectual stimulation to save the health of our ocean and safeguard the identity of our nations.

“That said, on behalf of every Solomon Islanders, I applaud your stewardship for a healthy ocean and healthy nations”.

By RONALD TOITO’ONA

PM emphasises PIDF summit theme was originally published on PAPUA MERDEKA! News