MEMBERS of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) are arriving in Honiara starting this week, ahead of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit next week.
This was confirmed to the Solomon Star by Ben Didiomea, one of the West Papua campaigners in the country.
They arrived in Honiara on separate flights.
The summit was originally scheduled for Port Vila in Vanuatu at the start of May, but moved to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, towards end of June.
However, it was postponed again because the leaders could not find time to meet during the Asia Caribbean Pacific (ACP) meeting in Port Moresby.
It was understood that, the MSG Leaders’ Summit will now be held back to back with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) which was also scheduled to be held in Honiara, next week also.
The Solomon Star understands that a peaceful demonstration is planned during the MSG Leaders’ Summit next week by West Papuan supporters to denounce the human rights treatment by Indonesia against West Papuans.
A musical concert will also be staged to support the fight of West Papua’s United Liberation Movement for freedom from the rule of Indonesia.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA