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Papua: Vanuatu barking up the wrong tree

  • Imron Cotan
    Imron Cotan

    Indonesian ambassador to Australia ( 2003 — 2005 ), and to China ( 2010 — 2013 )

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New York   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  05:13 pm
Papua: Vanuatu barking up the wrong tree Thousands of people in Dogiyai regency in Papua rally against racism and demand referendum on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (Handout/-)

Around 190 countries gathered in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from Sept. 17 to 30. Its themes included galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion. As sovereign nations, however, participating countries were free to touch upon any issue pertinent to their supreme national interests. United States President Donald Trump, for example, used this event to promote his “America first” ideology, stating that: “The future doesn’t belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots” (Politico, Sept. 24). It is in this context that prior to and during the UNGA session, the so-called leader of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, and his cohorts had moved around to lobby countries, especially state parties to the Pacific Islands Forum and M...

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