Kareni: West Papuan Governors represent Indonesia not Melanesians | Pacific Beat

Kareni: West Papuan Governors represent Indonesia not Melanesians

Kareni: West Papuan Governors represent Indonesia not Melanesians

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:12 AEST

A prominent West Papuan independence advocate says the plan by PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to have governors from Indonesia's Papuan provinces represented at the Melanesian Spearhead Group is deeply flawed.

Mr O'Neill says the elected Governors are more representative of the West Papuan people than the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which has lodged an application to join the MSG.

But Australia-based West Papuan independence advocate Ronny Kareni says the opposite is true; the governors represent the Indonesian state not Melanesians in West Papua.

He says Mr O'Neill is sending 'mixed messages' after announcing earlier this year that he would speak out about human rights abuses in West Papua.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Ronny Kareni, West Papuan independence advocate

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