Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma expressed gratitude to all parties for supporting West Papua in its campaign to obtain the observer status in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
He praised God, Papuans, the people and governments of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea as well as the people of Kanak and their political leaders.
“I accept this recognition and send my gratitude to all parties and Papuan diplomats of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) who have worked hard, and to my fellows in the forest and all prayers in the land of Papua and the people of Papua,” he said on Monday (29/6/2015).
He added the recognition of West Papua as an observer at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was good for the grouping. “This achievement was an answer of my prayer along with the entire people of Papua. To my fellows who are now in Papua New Guinea, do not just stay in Port Moresby, you must split to every places in Fiji, Kanak and Solomon Islands”, he said.
He further said there must be a consolidation among all components to be integrated and collect some data on human right violations in Papua and revise it in preparing for international negotiations.
As earlier reported by Jubi, after accepting the status as observer, Octovianus Mote gave a speech in front of the MSG leaders that ULMWP leaders were elected by the Papuan people in the conference in June 2011 attended by the Indonesian Minister of Legal, Politic and Security Affairs in Jayapura. At that time, Mote said himself along with Leoni Tanggahma, Rex Rumakiek, Benny Wenda and the late John Ondowane were elected as representatives of Papuan people in the international forums. (Agus Pabika/rom)