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Opposition: why Vanuatu is silent on independence referendum in New Caledonia?

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The Vanuatu Opposition has issued a new open statement regarding the position of the Government of Vanuatu on decolonization of West Papua and New Caledonia.

According to the Opposition, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), established in 1986 and composed of the four Melanesian states of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, was not addressing the decolonization of New Caledonia and West Papua, despite decolonization was one of the main reasons of its formation.

“It would seem that MSG has lost its main pillar – Decolonization of Melanesia; and Vanuatu being the forerunner of decolonization within Melanesia has not put its foot down and voiced its concerns. Why has the Vanuatu Government remained silent and tight lipped? Why is the Vanuatu Government silent on the upcoming November 2018 referendum in New Caledonia? Are we becoming too friendly and reliant on French Aid that we have lost focus in our support for our Kanak brothers and sisters?” the Opposition’s statement says.

Opposition asked the Government to start putting pressure and become more vocal on MSG and France in assisting New Caledonia before the November 2018 referendum.