IN ALMOST one decade of its existence, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has shown its potential to be “the strong man of the South Pacific”.
It is making the region more economically integrated while sustaining its Melanesian cultural identity. However, one issue threatens the group’s core interests and imperils the whole MSG project.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) continuing disruptive and destructive practices in the MSG process are dangerous for its unity and integrity.
It was created to represent the voices of overseas Papuans, who may still have Indonesian citizenship and many who have renounced their citizenship.