The President received a Mission from Solomon Islands
Press Release #1608-04
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 09, 2016
On August 23, 2016, President Peter M. Christian received a
delegation from the Government of Solomon Islands.
The delegation headed by Mr. Rence Sore, Secretary of Melanesia
Spearhead Group (MSG) and the PIDF Chair, and accompanied by Mr.
Octovianus Mote, Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for
West Papua. The delegation was dispatched by the Government of Solomon
Islands to promote an initiative by the Prime Minister of Solomon
Islands, Honorable Manasseh Sogavare, to put together a Pacific Islands
Coalition for West Papua (PICoWP). The delegation also extended to
President Christian an invitation from the Prime Minister of Solomon
Islands to join the other Pacific Island Leaders and attend a meeting of
the Coalition for West Papua scheduled to take place in Honolulu on
September 2, 2016.
Despite some reservations about diplomatic protocol, President Christian
accepted the delegation’s request for a courtesy visit out of his
respect for Prime Minister Sogavare. He welcomed the delegation and
thanked them for traveling this far to meet him.
After a briefing on the current events in West Papua and the
Coalition’s Plan of Activities, President Christian shared his views
with the delegation on the two main issues of independence or
self-government for West Papua and the allegations of human rights
violations in West Papua.
FSM believes strongly that the issue
of independence or self-government for West Papua must be resolved
peacefully and through the internal processes agreed to by all the
concerned parties. Resolution of this important issue must be through a
negotiated process whereby all the concerned parties can support and
honor the outcome.
President Christian also informed the Solomon
Islands delegation that FSM honors the international conventions on
human rights and does not condone any violations of such conventions.
Human rights are universal rights that cannot be denied any group
of people. As a member of the United Nations, the President reaffirms
his willingness to work with the other Pacific Island Forum countries in
whatever coordinated effort or initiative that can be presented to the
United Nations for the immediate resolution of the alleged violations of
human rights in West Papua.
The delegation will depart Thursday
to the Marshall Islands to also meet with the RMI Leaders for the same
reasons before heading to the Coalition of West Papua meeting in