Green MPs Raise Morning Star Flag In NZ
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Green Members of Parliament raised West Papua's "Morning Star" flag on the steps of New Zealand Parliament yesterday, to welcome OPM representative and West Papuan exile, Mr John Ondawame. Mr Ondawame was also welcomed by MPs from the New Zealand Government's Labour and Alliance parties.
Ondawame has met with New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs officials and the Parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee over the last two days.
In a speech to the House of Representatives yesterday Green MP Keith Locke urged the New Zealand Government to call for both the immediate withdrawal of the Indonesian military and police from West Papua, and a dialogue between the Indonesian government and the Papuan Presidium Council for a peaceful process of self-determination. He also urged the Government to join Vanuatu and Nauru, in supporting observer status for West Papua at the Pacific Islands Forum being held later this month.