Len Garae – The highest ranking lobby team from all regions of West Papua made up of high chiefs say they and their people support United Liberation Movement of West Papua's (ULMWP) sole application for full membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
The team has delivered an assurance to the Chiefs, Government, Civil Society and people of Vanuatu that their people support ULMWP's application word for word.
The confirmation was made in its first discussions with the Chairman of Vanuatu Free West Papua Association (VFWPA), Mr. Job Dalesa and his Executive in Port Vila this week.
They delivered the message following a similar extensive tour of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji with the same appeal seeking all forms of support from each Melanesian country to support ULMWP's application for full membership of MSG this year.
The assurance by the team that it is carrying the wishes of the people of Mainland West Papua has been welcomed by Chairman Dalesa and his group since it has erased any rumour of disunity by different groups concerning the ULMWP application for full membership of MSG, at this time of the countdown towards the MSG Summit in Port Vila by mid-year.
This was the "thorn" which was understood to have continued to deny all ULMWP's applications in the past.
Now what this amounts to is a heart throbbing desire for all chiefs backed by a prayer by all churches throughout Melanesia, for all member countries of MSG to grant ULMWP full membership of its God given right to claim its empty chair in the Melanesian body.
The team from West Papua is led by ULMWP Secretary General, Rex Rumakiek, who is based in Australia.
Mr. Rumakiek has been a constant campaigner for West Papua freedom since the 1970s when Vanuatu was still a British/French colony.