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Wenda reminds Pacific leaders of West Papua resolution

Vanuatu Daily Post - July 9, 2022

Kizzy Kalsakau and Anita Roberts – Leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, is reminding Pacific leaders to recall the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) resolution for Indonesia to allow a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua.

The Interim President of the West Papua Provisional Government and President of ULMWP made this reminder ahead of the PIF Meeting in Fiji next week.

"I want to remind the Pacific Leaders that during their discussions they need to recall for the UN High Commissioner's visit to West Papua," said Wenda.

The Pacific leaders during the previous PIF have strongly encouraged Indonesia to finalise the timing of a visit by the UN High Commissioner to investigate the reported human rights abuses so that the commissioner could provide an evidence-based informed report before the next PIF, according to The Guardian.

Wenda said: "The Melanesia and Pacific Leaders need to give a more stronger message from this meeting, as they have already made their call during the previous PIF for the commissioner's visit to West Papua.

"The situation is becoming more worst. I pray that the Pacific leaders continue to made their call and speak out for West Papua."

West Papua has been in constant turmoil for many years and its important that the PIFLM) highlighted this issue, he said.

The 51st PIF is scheduled in Suva, Fiji, from July 11 to 14, Monday to Friday next week. The previous event was held in Tuvalu was in 2019.

Wenda thanked the SHEFA Provincial Government Council Province (SPGC) and the Vanuatu Government for recognising them and their their struggle for self-determination and liberation from Indonesian rule.

SPGC has performed a custom ceremony last year to adopt West Papua as its sister country.

Source: https://www.dailypost.vu/news/wenda-reminds-pacific-leaders-of-west-papua-resolution/article_4e70a143-af3d-598c-a9ac-c1576a38a8f7.htm