Hilaire Bule – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has saluted Vanuatu's declaration on human rights violation by Indonesia in West Papuan soil, at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.
Representative of ULMWP, Freddy Waromi, welcomed the statement made by Prime Minister Bob Loughman. He also thanked the Opposition, Vanuatu Christian Council, Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs and people of Vanuatu for their continuous support to the struggle of their Melanesian brothers in West Papua.
Mr. Waromi made specific mention of Vanu'aku Party and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu for petitioning the government during their recent congress and conference to include the issue of West Papua in Vanuatu's statement to UN.
Waromi also acknowledged the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, and the Secretary General of UN, Antonio Guterres, for raising the issue of West Papua in their speeches. Waromi said it is the first time for SG Guterres to speak out on the human rights abuses in West Papua.
He applauded Guterres' speech to ask Indonesia to allow UN's fact-finding mission in West Papua. Waromi also call on PM Loughman to take the same stand during the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit which will take place in Port Vila.
He said with PM Loughman as chairman, ULMWP expects that MSG leaders will finally endorse their application to become full member of the Melanesian family.
Waromi said he has resubmitted the ULMWP's application to the Vanuatu government last week. Their application was already summited during the last MSG summit in Fiji but they were asked to revise the application.