ABC .Indonesia admitted to Melanesian Spearhead Group, West Papuan group given observer status
Indonesia admitted to Melanesian Spearhead Group, West Papuan group given observer status
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Indonesia has been admitted to the regional grouping of Melanesian countries after leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) made the decision in Honiara.
A statement by Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill said the leaders of the MSG made the decision to admit Indonesia as an associate member during their summit in the Solomon Islands.
A group of West Papuan organisations, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, applied to join the group but Mr O’Neill said they would instead be given observer status.
He said elected representatives from within Indonesia’s five Papuan provinces would represent Indonesia at the MSG.
He said the United Liberation Movement would represent Papuans living outside Indonesia.