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Solomon Islands and Vanuatu for United Nations to Visit West Papua

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FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu – Prime Minister of Solomon Island, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has met with his counterpart from Vanuatu Prime Minister, Hon. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, on Tuesday (08/13/2019) in Funafuti, Tuvalu during the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. 

PM Sogavare said, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was at the top of the agenda of the two leaders. 

The two leaders agreed that MSG as an organization needed to be reorganized to its previous place as a  politicalplatformfor melanesia. 

They also chat about how MSG could be a platform for member states to collectively make decisions based on the needs of member countries to tackle problems such as climate change and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD).

The two leaders also agreed for United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHRC) to visit and assess the human rights situation in West Papua.

In 2018, Vanuatu had prepared a draft resolution to decolonize West Papua.

Indonesia was also welcomed and praised for inviting UNHRC to conduct an assessment.

Bilateral trade agreements and cooperation between the two countries were also discussed between Hon. Sogavare and Hon. Salwai (*).


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