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February 23, 2015

Siteri Sauvakacolo

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A PETITION for Fijians to stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in their application to be full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group will be delivered to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in late April.

All Fijians are now urged to sign the petition that was launched at Suva’s Sukuna Park on Friday to show solidarity and support for their Melanesian brothers and sisters.

Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA) director Sirino Rakabi said the people of West Papua needed Fiji’s support.

"The people of West Papua now look to Fiji, being one of the influential countries in the region, to support and stand in solidarity with them in their bid to be full members of the MSG," Mr Rakabi said.

"Now is the time for us, the citizens of Fiji, to call on our government to officially and publicly express our support and solidarity with their wish to be full members of this Melanesian body, a body that should and ought to represent all Melanesians.

"Their full membership in the MSG will be a highly significant step towards realising their dream that one day soon, they will be free from oppression, fear and slavery, and to determine their own political future."

The petition cause, Mr Rakabi said had already been supported by the Fiji Council of Churches as well as national and regional civil society organisations and individuals.

People are requested to deliver their signed petition forms to the ECREA office at Knollys St in Suva.

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