West Papua membership bid on MSG agenda in Honiara next month

The Melanesian Spearhead Group is expected to deliberate on West Papua’s bid to become a full member of the organisation next month. Newly endorsed Director-General Amena Yauvoli said the request for membership was on the agenda, along with endorsements from the MSG senior officials and foreign ministers meetings in Lautoka this week. “The foreign ministers’ meeting (yesterday) is to deliberate […]

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Papuan citizenship promised soon for West Papuan refugees

West Papuans who have been living in Papua New Guinea for many decades will be granted citizenship soon. The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority will also embark on registering all West Papuan refugees who have crossed over from Indonesia to seek refugee status in Papua New Guinea. “So far we have over 10,000 refugees from West Papua who have lived […]

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Lingering tensions for Solomons’ govt to solve – RAMSI

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, says addressing the underlying causes of the ethnic crisis remains the job of the Solomons’ government.   In June next year, RAMSI, the Australian and New Zealand led regional security mission will wrap up almost 14 years helping rebuild Solomon Islands after it was brought to its knees  by several years of […]

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West Papua district to limit palm oil development

The regent in the Papua district of Merauke says his administration intends restricting palm oil operations and new permits. Frederikus Gebze said palm oil plantation operations had destroyed the forest and caused environmental damage. According to Tabloid Jubi, he said for the next five years his task will be to protect and ensure the sustainability of the forest. Earlier, the […]

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Luhut warns Papuans of fatal threat of narcotics and HIV/AIDS

Coordinating Minister for Law, Security and Political Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan warned the West Papua people of the danger of narcotics and HIV/AIDS. “It is important for religious and community leaders to know that millions of Indonesian have been addicted to narcotics,” Luhut, who is a on visit here, said on Saturday. He said last year, there were at least 5.9 […]

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