Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat

Indonesia’s government has been helping fund the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s secretariat. The secretariat, based in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, has experienced funding limitations in recent years. The five full members – Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia’s FLNKS Kanaks Movement – are meant to pay annual contributions. However, some members have struggled to pay their dues […]

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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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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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MSG leaders to discuss membership matters

Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group member states are to deliberate on long-pending membership matters this week in Port Moresby. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill, who is taking on the MSG chairmanship, is hosting the leaders in his country’s capital. Leaders of all the other independent Melanesian states are expected to join Mr O’Neill for this week’s summit. This […]

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Pacific island countries appreciate Jakarta for Papua development

A number of Southern Pacific island countries have expressed appreciation for Jakarta`s new initiative in developing Papua and West Papua, the Indonesian part of the Melanesian island of Papua. The people of the southern Pacific island countries belong to the same Melanesian race of Papua. “We support every step taken by the government of Indonesia for the prosperity of the […]

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