papua-1On January 21st, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, and the Chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Hon. Manasseh Sogavare met once again with members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

The ULMWP briefed the Prime Minister on the situation in occupied West Papua and thanked him for his continued support for the freedom struggle.

ULMWP General Secretary Mr Octo Mote told the MSG Chair that the ULMWP greatly appreciates his strong stand and commitment on the issue of West Papua.
“We know that it is a very complex issue that nobody wants to touch but thank you for your strong stand, commitment and wisdom. Now we can see there is chance for West Papua in its struggles.”

In response, the Prime Minister acknowledged the ULMWP for updating him in his capacity as the MSG chair about the developments in West Papua, saying “it is important that he is kept abreast of the happenings there.” He also acknowledged the group’s appreciation for his strong advocacy for West Papua and said he is aware that the Indonesian President is very cautious about his actions and approach towards West Papuans very lately, knowing too well that the world is closely watching him.

A full copy of the Prime Ministers Press Statement following the meeting can be read here.