SOGAVARE CRITICAL ON GOVERNMENT OVER WEST PAPUA

The East Choiseul MP, Manasseh Sogavare. Photo credit: Forum Biodiversity.

The East Choiseul MP, Manasseh Sogavare. Photo credit: Forum Biodiversity.

East Choiseul MP, Manasseh Sogavare has praised the NCRA Government’s decision to establish a national presence in Indonesia saying it is a strategic move that should be welcomed.

Also, the Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Committee, Mr Sogavare said in addition to furthering Solomon Islands economic interest, the move should facilitate active engagement with Jakarta on the issue of West Papua.

In relation to the West Papua issue, the East Choiseul MP described it as “one of the worst human rights blunders in the 20th and 21st centuries”.

He also said MSG leaders should not allow cautious approach to lead to indecisiveness that they forget West Papua.

He told Parliament he believes Solomon Islands must be sensitive but must also be truthful and call ‘wrong’ by its right name.

The Opposition was contributing to the Parliamentary debate on the 2014 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2014 yesterday.

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