MSG preps for latest West Papua discussions
April 4, 2015 8:28 pm
As the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) prepares to discuss West Papua’s latest bid for membership, the ‘Papuan problem’ poses a significant challenge to Melanesian states, who tread a fine line between responding to regional human rights concerns and managing relations with Indonesia.
Recent outcry surrounding West Papuan activist Benny Wenda’s unexpected arrival and removal from PNG demonstrates just how fraught the issue has become.
The MSG’s instrumental role in raising the profile of New Caledonia’s Kanak independence movement has prompted Papuan activists to recognise the significance of MSG membership.