Benny Wenda – One of many regionalism priorities talked about within the Remaining Communique of the Pacific Islands Discussion board Summit in Nauru this week was the engagement by Discussion board international locations on points affecting West Papua.
Merchandise 33 on the Discussion board Communique states, “Leaders recognised the constructive engagement by Discussion board international locations with Indonesia with respect to elections and human rights in West Papua (Papua) and to proceed dialogue in an open and constructive method”.
Simply earlier than the ultimate communique was launched by the Discussion board Secretariat, Vanuatu’s Overseas Affairs Minister, Ralph Regenvanu who was in Nauru, in a phone interview with Kizzy Kalsakau from 96 Buzz FM Information, stated he hoped West Papua could be included within the last communique Benny Wenda
Regenvanu stated Vanuatu can be placing ahead a decision earlier than the United Nations Common Meeting subsequent yr for West Papua to be relisted on the agenda of the United Nations Decolonisation Committee.
He stated for this to occur, it will want the assist of the vast majority of the Common Meeting, which suggests 100 international locations should vote in assist of the decision.
“We at the moment are placing up this decision subsequent yr.
“Now we have knowledgeable all Pacific Islands Discussion board member international locations that we’re doing this and we can be asking for his or her assist relating to the UN Common Meeting subsequent yr.
“Already, i as minister of overseas affairs on the Pacific Islands Discussion board Overseas Ministers assembly in Apia final month, i knowledgeable all my colleague overseas ministers that Vanuatu was gonna do that and that i requested for his or her assist,” Minister Regenvanu stated.
He stated already it’s clear the decision won’t get the assist from Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea however round eight or 9 different international locations within the Pacific are in assist.
Regenvanu stated Prime Minister Charlot Salwai had informed him earlier than the Leaders Retreat on the Discussion board assembly that he would elevate the difficulty of West Papua with the Discussion board Leaders.
Different regionalism priorities talked about within the communique are; Leaders recalled their 2017 choice on a regional safety declaration and endorsedthe Regional Safety Declaration to be often known as the Boe Declaration; they recognised that local weather change presents the one best risk to the livelihood, safety and wellbeing of Pacific folks; leaders reiterated their dedication to making sure the long-term sustainability and viability of the area’s fisheries sources; leaders acknowledged the urgency and significance of securing the area’s maritime boundaries as a key subject for the event and safety of the area; and leaders expressed their grave concern with the rising incidence of non-communicable illnesses (NCDs), noting that NCDs now represents the main explanation for untimely deaths within the area Benny Wenda