Port Vila, Jubi – The Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare arrived back in the country (October 4) at Honiara International Airport to a rousing welcome from the Honiara Based West Papua supporters.
Disembarking from the airplane and walking towards the VIP lounge, the Prime Minister was greeted with a huge welcome banner from the West Papua supporters place at the outdoor airport viewing area.
The banner reads: ‘THANK YOU PM FOR YOUR CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF WEST PAPUA’.
The Prime Minister upon seeing the banner waved and gave a thumps up to the members of the SISWP who were also shouting, “Thank you Prime Minister, thank you so much.”
In a statement from the Solomon Islands Solidarity for West Papua (SISWP), the group thanked the Prime Minister for making what they describe as a very powerful speech for West Papua during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.
The statement further stated: “Seeing the Prime Minister making such a brave statement in front of world leaders is a pride for the Solomon Islands Solidarity for West Papua group.”
It stated that by welcoming the PM on his arrival was a pivotal way for the solidarity group in Solomon Islands to say thank you to him.
The statement also reiterated what the Prime Minister stated in his address, that the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals motto of ‘no one left behind’ would be “synonymous to empty promises unless the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua”.(sbmonline.sb/Zely Ariane)