MSG Members Only Have Themselves to Blame for the Alleged Acceptance of Money

The UFDF says while it sympathizes with the plight of the people of West Papua, the MSG members only have themselves to blame for the alleged acceptance of $500,000 from Indonesia by their Chairman Frank Bainimarama in exchange for betraying an MSG commitment to the West Papua people. 
The UFDF said this interference by Indonesia is not unexpected as it has also occurred in Fiji with the outgoing Indonesian Ambassador Aidil Chandra Salim stating in an interview with the regime’s Fiji Sun on Dec 8th 2013 that quote ‘Commodore was a strong and transparent leader, urging Fijians to vote for a strong leader, saying Fiji was lucky to have a leader like the Commodore’ unquote

In the same interview Ambassador Aidil Chandra Salim also said that the ‘Indonesian government was totally behind Commodore Bainimarama’s bid to become Fiji’s elected Prime Minister’ and that Bainimarama’s Pacific Islands Development Forum [PIDF] was stronger than the Pacific Island Forum, even though the PIDF is still being set up.

The UFDF said that while such utterances from a Head of Mission is in contravention of the norms of diplomatic protocols, it is does demonstrate a consistent pattern of interference by Indonesia to try and influence and ‘buy’ its way with the MSG and others so as to avoid facing the issue of the West Papuan’s Campaign for independence.

The UFDF said the call for Independence of West Papua is a matter that not only the MSG group should take up and support, but the Pacific Island Forum members including Australia and New Zealand should unite and support the West Papua’s people’s call for independence, just as we all sought our Independence from colonial rule many decades ago.

The UFDF says the West Papua people must realize that the Commodore is Prime Minister in name only and his support base comes from his use of the military to intimidate and threaten his own people, just as the Indonesian government is doing to the West Papua people. He does not represent the Chiefs and people of Fiji

The UFDF says it members, who include 2 former legally elected Prime Minister’s and other legal representatives of the people will lodge a formal protest against the Indonesian Government interference in Fiji’s domestic politics as well as in the MSG.

The UFDF says it sympathizes with the people of West Papua and is confident that after the 2014 elections, the new government elected by the people will develop a supportive and more engaging policy towards the West Papuan people’s quest for Independence.

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