Vanuatu wins award from FAO for its fight against illegal fishing; Chamber of Commerce calls for higher VAT rate

Moana Matariki of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the EU Roy Mickey Joy and his wife Shirley with the FAO award

Moana Matariki of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the EU Roy Mickey Joy and wife Shirley at the FAO award ceremony in Rome, Italy. Photo: supplied

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Deputy PM Natuman claims MSG has been bought for “30 pieces of silver”

West Papua's morning star flag. Photo: AK Rockerfeller

West Papua’s morning star flag. Photo: AK Rockefeller

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Vanuatu’s economy can expect modest growth for next two years, says Asian Development Bank

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for 2016 and 2017. Image: ADB

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. Image: ADB

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MSG membership for United Liberation Movement for West Papua postponed on legal technicality

Papua Merdeka! Photo: indoprogress.com

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ meeting, currently being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, yesterday deferred its decision to welcome the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a full member of MSG until another meeting planned for Port Vila in September. The MSG says this decision was taken as the wording of MSG’s rules for membership needs to be clarified to give ULMWP, a liberation movement, the same membership status as MSG founding member (and fellow liberation movement), Front de libération nationale kanak et socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia.

MSG associate, Indonesia, the colonial occupier of West Papua, opposes ULMWP joining the MSG, and is currently supported by only two out of the five founding members of MSG, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The majority of the founding members of MSG – Vanuatu, FLNKS and Solomon Islands – support full membership for the West Papua liberation movement, as do the majority of the population of all MSG countries.

PNG PM Peter O’Neill, who has been a vocal supporter of Indonesia, is currently fighting for his political life as his government faces a vote of no-confidence in PNG’s parliament.

O’Neill has also come under attack from former Prime Minister of PNG, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, for opposing West Papuan independence in defiance of the overwhelming support of PNG’s people for the decolonisation of the other half of the island of New Guinea, where he says “our ancestors roamed freely over our shared land and sea for centuries prior to colonial and Christian interventions”.

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West Papuan leaders back MSG Chairman Sogavare against Indonesia; Decentralisation to get big push from Govt

MSG Chairman and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (4th from the left), holding the West Papuan national flag next to West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda and other members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

MSG Chairman and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (4th from the left), holding the West Papuan national flag next to West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda and other members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papuan in Honiara in November last year.

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Port Vila resorts re-opening after Cyclone Pam renovations; China donates water tanks for El Niño

Iririki Island

Iririki Island resort… re-opening tomorrow. Photo: supplied

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Vanuatu represented at International Parliamentarians for West Papua meeting in London

L to R: Benny Wenda, Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone, Tongan PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Minister for Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, at the International Parliamentarians for West Papua meeting at Houses of Parliament, London, UK yesterday. Photo: David Mirzoeff/Free West Papua Campaign

L to R: Benny Wenda, Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone, Tongan PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Minister for Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, at the International Parliamentarians for West Papua meeting at Houses of Parliament, London, UK, yesterday. Photo: David Mirzoeff/Free West Papua Campaign

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