Melanesian Spearhead Group will back West Papuan membership: Independence leader | Pacific Beat

Melanesian Spearhead Group will back West Papuan membership: Independence leader

Melanesian Spearhead Group will back West Papuan membership: Independence leader

Updated 11 May 2015, 11:02 AEST

Human Rights Watch says the Indonesian President Joko Widodo's visit to Papua New Guinea this week represents Jakarta's latest heavy-handed attempt to pressure the Melanesian Spearhead Group into rejecting West Papua's membership application.

But one of the major figures in the Free West Papua umbrella group, Benny Wenda, remains confident that MSG leaders will stick to their guns and back their Melanesian brothers and sisters by allowing them into the fold.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda

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