Onews,-- The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL)
representatives based in Vanuatu met with Fijian Prime Minister, Frank
Bainimarama, Wednesday last week lobbying for full membership status in
the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Those who met Bainimarama included Vice Chairman, Dr Otto Ondawame,
Secretary General, Mr Rex Rumakiek, and former Vanuatu Prime Minister,
These WPNCL members met with Bainimarama because he is currently the Chairman of the MSG.
Earlier on March 25 (the same week on Monday) the delegation met with
Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, where an
official from the MSG Secretariat was also present.
The WPNCL is seeking support from MSG leaders following lodging of an
application for full membership in the Melanesian bloc on January 28,
In welcoming the delegation, Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked the
visiting delegation for taking this inaugural visit to Fiji to formally
request Fiji’s support towards the cause of the West Papuans.
The Fijian leader reportedly assured WPNCL that the Melanesian
Spearhead Group leaders will ensure the application will go through
proper process and that it is discussed at the next MSG senior Officials
Meeting in June before it is presented to the leaders for their
decision through the Foreign Affairs meeting.
Meanwhile, Mr Ondawame thanked Bainimarama for taking the time to
meet with the delegation and hear from them directly, their reasons for
submitting the application.
The delegation also commended the Fijian leader for leading the
people of Fiji well during these challenging times and also gain more
prominence in regional affairs.
They also noted that under Fiji’s Chairmanship, the MSG has advanced
issues relating to the process for decolonization in New Caledonia,
trade, economic and cultural issues which have strengthened the MSG.
Mr Bainimarama was also congratulated on his position as Chairman of the G77.
The delegation thanked Fiji’s foreign minister Mr Kubuabola for protocol arrangements his ministry had arranged.
Other leaders in Melanesia are also expected to be met by the WPNCL.
Mr Ondawame said that this historic meeting with the government of
Fiji marks the beginning of a process that eventually will bring West
Papua back, to the fold of the Melanesian family of nations.
WPNCL is the umbrella organization of the West Papuan independence
movement based in the country with its international secretariat in Port
The objective of WPNCL is to organize and coordinate programs and
activities to restore or reclaim Papuan people’s right of
self-determination and independence.