Bainimarama speaks out on West Papua issue
August 15, 2019 7:37 am
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaking at the forum leader’s dialogue [Photo Courtesy: The Fijian Government]
The Prime Minister has advised the Pacific Islands Forum Members to approach the West Papua situation with caution.
Voreqe Bainimarama hopes PIF member countries will find a resolution for the West Papua situation.
Speaking at the forum leader’s dialogue, Bainimarama says the forum should tread boldly and thoughtfully as territorial disputes have fueled war and chaos since the beginning of time.
As the sitting Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council, Bainimarama says Fiji is committed to the protection of human rights for all and he is concerned with reports of human rights violations in West Papua.
The Prime Minister says the forum should remain committed to finding an amicable solution for this pressing matter and one that is in line with international law and practice.
Bainimarama has reaffirmed that Fiji will continue to be guided by the leader’s previous decision on the matter.
He says Fiji fully respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states including Indonesia and our country will always uphold the UN Charter.
Meanwhile, leaders are currently on a retreat programme where discussions will be made on the outcomes of the forum.