Pro-Independence Kanaky group itself is a member of Melanesian Spearhead Group Compiled by Godwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 14, 2016) – The Spokesperson of the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) in Kanaky, Victor Tutugoro, yesterday…

by Voreqe Bainimarama, SOLOMON ISLANDSJune 28   Leaders’ plenary statement – Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit, Honiara, Solomon Islands. The Chairman, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of the Government of the Solomon Islands, Hon. Peter O’Neill, the Prime Minister…

 Solomon Islands’ diplomat in Geneva has told the UN Human Rights Council’s 32nd session about an eroding human rights situation in Indonesia’s Papua region. Barrett Salato told the session that whilst his country welcomes increased attention on West Papua from…

Dr. Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, originally from the Solomon Islands, is an associate professor at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i. The views expressed here are his personal opinions. West Papua will be the most high profile issue…

by Charles Chambers, LAUTOKAJune 17 The two sides had been at loggerhead over West Papua’s struggle to have a separate state. MSG Foreign Ministers meeting chairman, George Milner Tozaka said it was important to get both sides to sit at…

PHIL FITZPATRICK – MELANESIA is an ill-defined concept. The word comes from the Greek and means ‘black islands’. The term generally refers to a broad swathe of territory extending from West Papua south east to Fiji. The area encompasses the…