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Fijian PM supports Indonesia's move to become MSG associate member

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation - May 25, 2015

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has supported Indonesia's bid to become an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

PACNEWS reports Bainimarama confirmed that having Indonesia as an associate member made sense given the population in Papua is more than 11 million Melanesian people in Indonesia.

Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji will not interfere in Indonesia's sovereignty saying Papua comes under the governance of Indonesia and for anything to do with Papua the best thing to do is to bring in Indonesia.

He adds Indonesia will continue to do what it wants to do and hearing talks of assault, human rights abuses the best thing to do is to bring in Indonesia as an associate member of the MSG.

He also says the issue of alleged human rights abuse by Indonesia will best to be dealt with if Indonesia is allowed in the MSG bloc.

Bainimarama adds that at the end of the day, Papua comes under the sovereignty of Indonesia and the last thing Fiji wants to do is to interfere with someone else's sovereignty.

The Prime Minister believes if they talk to Indonesia about some of these allegations they will do something about it.

It is expected a decision on the issue will be decided when the Melanesian Leaders will meet in Solomon Islands in July. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill earlier this month backed a move by Indonesia to become an associate member of the MSG.

Source: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/29766/fijian-pm-supports-indonesia's-move-to-become-msg-associate-member.

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