PNG PM Peter O’Neill backs Widodo’s bid to join Melanesian group

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday backed a move by Indonesia — whose President, Joko Widodo, was visiting Port Moresby — to become an associate member of the regional Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Indonesia would be represented by the governors of its five eastern provinces with substantial Melanesian populations at meetings of the MSG. The MSG comprises the governments of Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu as well as PNG, and the pro-independence indigenous party representing the Melanesian Kanaks of New Caledonia.

Mr O’Neill said associate membership would make it easier to arrange sporting and other cultural events, as well as increased trade and investment, that also involve the 11 million Melanesian people in Indonesia.

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Posted May 16, 2015 by repit in Uncategorized

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