The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Denied Membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was again rejected full membership in the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) at the 21st MSG Summit on 10-15 February 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Thus, the ULMWP membership status in MSG remains as an observer.

The Chairman of the Indonesian Delegation at the Summit, Ambassador Desra Percaya said that the active participation and intensive lobbying of the Indonesian Delegation, consisting of representatives of the five provinces with Melanesian culture, has succeeded in convincing MSG leaders to refuse the membership of the ULMWP.

The result is certainly not in line with the hopes and beliefs of the Papuan separatist / ULMWP movement that have previously stated to the media that they will be accepted as a full member at the MSG Summit in Honiara.

Ambassador Desra said that there is no place for the ULMWP in MSG’s future. The ULMWP is nothing more than a separatist group, and the ULMWP was accepted as an observer to represent Melanesians from Papua that were overseas. Thus, the ULMWP cannot claim to represent the Papuan community in Indonesia, especially that Papuans in Indonesia have enjoyed development as well as excellent education, and they do not support the ULMWP because the ULMWP actually hampers development and creates unfavorable conditions in Papua.

Ambassador Desra further stated that Indonesia continues committed in encouraging and making MSG as a progressive organization through tangible development cooperation and constructive dialogue in achieving common goals.

“Undoubtedly, it is done by respecting the principles of international law governing relations between countries, especially respect for sovereignty, and non-intervention to the internal affairs of other countries as set forth in the Establishment Agreement of the MSG,” said Ambassador Desra.

Tabloid West Papua
No. 004 Tahun I - 15 Februari - 14 Maret 2017

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