West Papua says it wants more interaction with members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.
The Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat reports, the intention was relayed to the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara by the visiting General Secretary of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua, Octovianus Mote.
It says Mr. Mote told Prime Minister Sogavare that West Papua would like to see more contacts in sports, especially in soccer with their Melanesian brothers in PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and New Caledonia.
The PM’s media office adds West Papua would be interested in joining the Melanesian Cup soccer competition.
Mr. Mote says as a start, West Papua would also like to send young West Papuans to study at the Solomon Islands National University in Honiara and in educational institutions in Vanuatu.
He adds at a later date, students from West Papua could also be sent to study in PNG and Fiji.
Mr. Mote has led a three-member delegation of the ULMOWP to observe the Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit which ended in Honiara yesterday.