Call to review MSG constitution

THE Melanesian Spearhead Group(MSG) constitution should be reviewed immediately to make way for West Papua membership, says the spokesman for Solomon Islands for Free West Papua, Ian Roni. A prominent musician, Mr Roni said the aim of MSG is to uphold and maintain the cultural values of Melanesian countries only. He said it would be…

Indonesian minister here for summit

INDONESIA’S vice Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdurrahman arrived on Tuesday afternoon in the country to attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s (MSG) summit. His low-key arrival raised a few eye brows and the police was kept busy as he was led Heritage Park Hotel where he’ll be staying for the summit, which opens today. Mr Abdurrahman was…

20th MSG meet opens

THE 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit opens today with an elaborate welcome and gift-giving ceremony in Honiara. Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, FLNKS head of delegation Victor Tutugoro, and Indonesia’s vice Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdurrahman arrived on Tuesday. Papua New Guinea’s Peter O’Neill will arrive this morning ahead of the opening ceremony. Vanuatu’s…

TOT for emergency response held

The training of trainers (TOT) on emergency response conducted beginning from the 8th of June has successfully ended on Thursday 18th. The training, which aims to build a cadre of trainers who can effectively deliver emergency response training to the provinces and disaster risk management partner institutions, has concluded with participants receiving certificates.  Making his…

Abusive father gets 8 years

A FATHER who sexually abused his foster daughter when she was only 13 was sent to jail for eight years, on Thursday. The man’s name was suppressed to protect the victim’s identity. He pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement and six counts of indecent assault. The offences occurred at the family’s home on unknown…

Member countries confirmed for MSG

Five Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) member countries have confirmed their participation in the upcoming meeting to be host by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Besides these five members of the MSG countries, Indonesia will also participate as usual as an observer, whereas West Papuan presence is an effort of membership plea within the…