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February 26, 2021
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Vanuatu PM Criticised for Silence on West Papua

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Former Vanuatu PM, and now opposition MP, Joe Natuman, has criticised the government for their silence over West Papua.

Natuman was replaced as Prime Minister by Sato Kilman following a motion of no-confidence in June.

The former PM says the government failed to voice concerns over human rights violations in West Papua at the Pacific Island Forum in Port Moresby earlier this month, adding that their silence on the matter was not a reflection of Vanuatu’s public stance on the issue.

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, unlike Natuman has remained mum on the issue while Solomon Islands PM, Manasseh Sogavare, continues to drive support within the MSG for West Papua’s self-determination.

The former PM was instrumental in uniting representative groups from West Papua as the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, who have since been admitted into the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

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