By GYNNIE KERO
INDONESIA and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua have been invited to attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting in Port Moresby starting tomorrow.
Indonesia is now an associate member of the MSG. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua and Timor-Leste are observers.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the country was looking forward to welcoming the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group for their summit beginning tomorrow.
“MSG leaders will consider reports and updates since the 2015 Summit and 2016 Special Summit which will first be presented through the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers,” O’Neill said.
“The MSG is an important forum for our region with a number of significant issues on the agenda that matter to our people and communities.
“Papua New Guinea looks forward to welcoming MSG leaders, ministers and delegates again to our country.
“2018 is a very important year for Papua New Guinea’s international engagement that will conclude with the Apec Leaders’ Summit in November.
“There are many challenges before the global community today, and the best way to overcome them is for all countries to work together in the interest of our people.”
The theme is “strengthening trade and sustainable development for an inclusive Melanesia”.
It will be held from Feb 10 to 15 at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.
The leaders confirmed so far are the prime ministers of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and the FLNKS (Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste). Fiji will be represented at the ministerial level.
Timor-Leste and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua have also been invited to attend.
The summit is to be preceded by meetings of senior officials and foreign affairs ministers.
By GYNNIE KERO