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West Papua - Benny Wenda

The president of the West Papua Liberation Movement has made a new call for Indonesia to withdraw its military from the region, in his New Year's statement.

Benny Wenda said following the movement's successful first Congress in 2023, they are moving forward according to their threefold agenda - full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visit to West Papua, and a self-determination referendum.

He also said as demanded by the MSG Leaders' Meeting in August of last year, Indonesia must also facilitate a UN visit to West Papua before the next MSG meeting in April this year.

Wenda called on West Papuans to rally behind the liberation movement, and for all their military factions, all political groupings, and all international solidarity groups in the Pacific and around the world, to respect and honour the Congress resolutions.

He also called on all relevant parties to do more to ensure that New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens is released from captivity unharmed.

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