Leader of Opposition Jeremiah Manele. Photo credit: SIBC.

Leader of Opposition Jeremiah Manele. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Parliamentary Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele has questioned the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s foreign policy on West Papua’s issue of self-determination.

The Opposition Leader made the statement following the recent visit of Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister to Honiara last week.

Mr Manele says the Government should not shy away from discussing West Papua’s issue with Indonesian authorities.

He also stressed Solomon Islands has to engage with Indonesia on this important matter.

He says the Government should work closely with like-minded countries and stakeholders and adopt an Action Plan that outlines steps that could be taken to support West Papua’s cause for self-determination.

He adds the Action Plan should include calling on the United Nations to ensure West Papua’s human rights is respected, and adopting a Parliamentary resolution calling for West Papua’s right to exercise self-determination.

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