Juffa has no confidence in MSG - Solomon Star News

Juffa has no confidence in MSG

19 May 2016

THE Governor of Oro in Papua New Guinea says he has no confidence that the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will act in the interests of the region's people over a West Papuan bid for MSG membership.

Gary Juffa's comment comes after the Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited PNG this week as high-level lobbying intensifies over the looming decision on the MSG membership application.

Jakarta has indicated that other parts of Indonesia which have Melanesian stock should have been included in the West Papuan bid.

Mr Juffa says that PNG's government is likely to reiterate that the membership bid must be endorsed by Indonesia in order to be successful.

"And then what Indonesia will say so that it's not such a hard swallow, is that, hey, West Papua and Papua and this and that and five other regions will also be members.

“That's what they're going to propose. Then the MSG has just failed in its complete and purpose and agenda and should be disbanded."