West Papua let down by MSG: Vanuatu

(PASIFIK NEWS) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has failed the people of West Papua. The MSG on Thursday deferred a decision on awarding full membership to the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) until a new meeting can be held in September. The delay is meant to…

Bainimarama rests trust on Sogavare

Prime Minister (PM) of Fiji Frank Bainimarama has assured all member countries in the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) that PIDF will be fruitful under the leadership of the new Chairperson Manasseh Sogavare. “Honourable Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, we have every confidence that PIDF will continue to advance a Green Blue Economy for the Pacific…

Honiara MSG summit ends with approval of key issues

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Special Leaders’ Summit in Honiara concluded yesterday with the reaching of a number of key decisions on issues of interest to the Melanesian sub-regional bloc. The meeting was chaired by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare and leaders in attendance included Prime Minister, Hon Frank Bainimarama of Fiji,…

Robbers guilty, face sentence

Two young men including a 16 year-old (juvenile) who pleaded guilty to robbing a shop at King George area, East Honiara will be sentenced on July 29. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo told the accused yesterday that the defence counsels and prosecution had filed mitigation and sentencing submissions. Hudson Billy Roboniu, 21, and the juvenile…

UDP may establish ties with Communist Party

The United Democratic Party of Solomon Islands and the Chinese Communist Party will discuss the possibility of forming party to party relations. This is an understanding reached between Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, and visiting Counsellor of the PNG-based Chinse Embassy, WANG GENHUA in Honiara this week. Mr Sogavare is the Parliamentary Wing Leader of the…

Court gives cops 7 days to return exhibits

The Henderson Police has been given seven days as of Thursday to compensate a couple whose alcohol has gone missing while they were kept as exhibits at the station. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga ordered that the Exhibit Section of the Henderson Police compensate the two defendants by full replacement of the missing amount of alcohols…

West Papuans arrested for supporting ULMWP

PACNEWS – Reports of arrests of West Papuans by Indonesian security forces have increased in numbers since Thursday, as many gathered in anticipation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) membership. Reports from inside West Papua confirmed that 348 arrests since were made. ULMWP Secretary General, Octovianus…

SI, Vanuatu, FLNKS, ULMWP maintain support for WP

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kanak National Socialist Liberation Front (FLNKS) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) remain resolute in their support of the aspirations for the Self-Determination of the People of West Papua and the full membership of ULMWP to the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The above MSG members are committed to advocating for…

JICA provide high-tech weather equipment to SI

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over a weather machine to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS) on Thursday this week. The machine ‘HimawariCast Receiving and Processing System’ was made available under a project “JICA Follow-up Cooperation for Meteorology Training”. Nowadays, utulising Meteorological Satellite Data is crucial for…