Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 22 June 2015

Daily Post advises the new Government stand on West Papua remains unclear even though the new Prime Minister (Kilman) and new Minister for Foreign Affairs (Vohor) are expected to travel to Honiara tomorrow for the 20th MSG Summit. This is the meeting to decide upon the issue of West Papuan observer status to the MSG. We are to be told the Government’s stand before the issue is discussed in Honiara, Post reports. Vanuatu has previously championed the West Papuan cause, reconciling the freedom movements here last year as the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) under an initiative of the Malvatumauri and former PM Natuman. However, the new Prime Minister had not seen the ULMWP Ambassador to the MSG Secretariat, Amatus Douw, before the Ambassador proceeded to Honiara yesterday.

UNDP and the Vanuatu Government are working on a VT 800 million climate change project for rural communities. called Adaptation to Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Vanuatu (V-CAP). The resilience of coastal zones to climate change in order to sustain food production and livelihoods will firstly be studied in relation to the areas most affected by cyclone Pam, Epi and all Tafea islands, Post announces.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will determine whether the 16 MPs in the bribery case will stand trial on 7 July. The Independent at the weekend points out the judiciary will treat the matter as any other criminal case. In addition, says the Indy "the Judiciary will not entertain any order issued by the current government until the matter is settled in court."