Vanuatu daily news digest | 1 December 2014

Daily Post today reports Indonesia warning Vanuatu concerning its support for the West Papua independence movements with the forum which has begun in the Vanuatu capital. Despite the rain yesterday and today people turned up for the church service at the Saralana Park yesterday and address today by Vanuatu PM Natuman. The Indonesian Embassy warned that any support for the conference will affect the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Vanuatu and calls on Vanuatu to take the matter seriously.

Emalus USP students in Port Vila raised the West Papua flag Friday, ahead of the forum commencing. The flag depicts the Morning Star and is known as such.

Post also reports the two high risk prisoners being re-captured.

Radio Vanuatu News today reports a budget surplus during the financial year 2013. It was for VT 390 million, and owing to an improvement in revenue collection methods. Another budget surplus is expected for 2014 Finance Minister Simelum stated.

The Independent has arrived and says six senior Police officers have been suspended. The paper refers back to the alleged mutiny of 2011 and is said to refer to the present acting commissioner himself in some way. Charges will be heard in court tomorrow, 2 December.

The Independent also reports the Natuman Government close to signing an agreement to finally repair Bauerfield.