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Vanuatu oppostion wants Indonesia out of MSG as observers

Vanuatu oppostion wants Indonesia out of MSG as observers

Updated 19 March 2013, 12:04 AEDT

Vanuatu's Opposition is calling on the government to revoke Indonesia's observer status within the Melanesian Spearhead Group before the MSG next meets in New Caledonia in July.

Jakarta was originally granted observer status ahead of the MSG summit in Fiji in 2011. But Vanuatu's Opposition Leader, Edward Natapei, says Melanesian countries shouldn't allow Indonesia to meddle in their affairs, and instead should grant West Papua full membership status. And Mr Natapei believes the Kilman government should scrap a co-operation agreement it signed with Jakarta in 2011.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Edward Mr Natapei, Vanuatu opposition leader

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