Pacific Media Centre Pacific Media Watch Pacific Journalism Review Asia Pacific Report

VANUATU: Indonesian cyclone aid has 'no bearing' on Papua issue, says Kilman

Vanuatu Foreign Minister Kilman ... controversial "forged'" Jakarta agreement three years ago. Image: Asia-Pacific/ANU

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Item: 9213

PORT VILA (Radio NZ International/Pacific Media Watch): The Vanuatu government says the Indonesian government's relief assistance will have no bearing on the West Papuan bid to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Vanuatu Foreign Affairs Minister Sato Kilman said he personally received the Cyclone Pam aid relief donations from a delegation from Indonesia last week.

Kilman was Prime Minister of Vanuatu in 2012 when the government controversially forged a cooperation agreement with Jakarta, although subsequent configurations of government have stepped back from closer links.

However, the Foreign Minister said that at this stage, Vanuatu would welcome assistance from any country.

"In my view it had nothing to do with the West Papuan issue, Vanuatu has diplomatic relations with Jakarta and this is a humanitarian issue and whoever has the heart to be able to give and donate to Vanuatu to help this reconstruction. It's a welcoming thing for Vanuatu."

- Vanuatu Foreign Minister Sato Kilman.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua's bid for membership will be considered at the MSG leaders summit in Solomon Islands later this year.

Creative Commons Licence

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence.

PMC profile photograph

Pacific Media Watch

PMC's media monitoring service

Pacific Media Watch is compiled for the Pacific Media Centre as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.
(cc) Creative Commons


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.