11831762_1110548412306793_3446389402741469442_nThe Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Hon Manasseh Sogavare has pledged his support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) joining the regional group, the Pacific Islands Forum.

In a meeting on Friday with ULMWP General Secretary Octavianus Mote, the Prime Minister confirmed the support for West Papua joining the regional body and he also announced that the government would appoint a special West Papua envoy. Upon meeting the Prime Minister, Mr Mote thanked the Prime Minister for his ‘splendid’ leadership during the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders summit in the Solomon Islands and his help for the admission of ULMWP to the MSG.

Mr Mote said “The ULMWP and the people of West Papua believe that the time is now ripe with the able leadership of the Chair to gain maximum regional support on the fight for recognition and understanding amongst the international community,”

In response, the Prime Minister said, “West Papua remains at the heart of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government and will stand by ULMWP and people of West Papua in their fight for international recognition.” He went on to say “The Solomon Islands Government under the leadership of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government will appoint a Special Envoy on West Papua and will also seek West Papua’s admission to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.”