West Papuan MSG bid at a dead end, says Jakarta

Indonesia says the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s bid to be a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead group has reached a dead end. MSG leaders meeting in Port Moresby this week referred the Movement’s application to the group’s secretariat for processing under new membership guidelines. The Movement already has observer status at the MSG but the group’s leaders […]

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Solomons Island apologises for sour relations within MSG

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela used his hand-over speech to his Papua New Guinea counterpart to apologise for any sour relations with other member countries during its two year as chair of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). “Bilaterally, under our chairmanship over the two years, we may have renewed or soured some relationships with other members of our sub region by […]

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Indonesia warns MSG members against meddling in other countries` sovereignty

Director General of Asia-Pacific and African Affairs of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Desra Percaya, has warned Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members against meddling in other countries` affairs in realizing regional cooperation programs. Desra made the remarks while addressing a MSG ministerial meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, in his capacity as chief of the Indonesian delegation to […]

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MSG ministers end PNG talks

THE 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) concluded in Port Moresby on Tuesday with a number of decisions to be considered by Leaders, who will convene today for their Retreat. Key amongst the decisions are the reform of the MSG Secretariat, its Corporate Plan 2018-2020 and the Work Programme and Budget for 2018. The MSG Secretariat in Port […]

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21st MSG Leaders’ Summit set to go in PNG

Preparations are in earnest in Port Moresby to welcome Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders for their 21st biennial summit on Wednesday (14 February). Senior officials from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the FLNKS in New Caledonia were meeting over the weekend ahead of the Leaders’ Summit to finalise issues to go before MSG Leaders for their decision. […]

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