MSG chair highlight West Papua issue at UNGA

The chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has raised the issue of West Papua at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Sogavare's statement is the second statement from the Pacific that has raised concerns of human rights violations in West Papua, with emphasis for the UN to intervene.

Tongan Prime Minister this week also highlighted humanrights abuses facing people of West Papua.

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister informed  UNGA on the developments at the MSG and the Pacific Islands Forum, including the plea to Indonesia to accept unrestricted access to a possible mission of a fact finding mission to West Papua.

He called on the United Nations to not shy away from the root causes of the problem in West Papua.

Sogavare called for an end to the human rights abuses in West Papua, and call “for the full and swift implementation of the 1960 declaration on the granting of Independence to colonized countries and peoples.”

He spoke of how in the end, the United Nations must address the root cause of the conflict.