Report – By Harriet Harvey in Noumea
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) wants joint action within the Pacific region on three key issues - independence for New Caledonia, reviving the denuclearisation debate, and pressing for international action on climate change.
It is a so-called “mini United Nations”, taking in four governments – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – together with the Kanak liberation movement from New Caledonia, the FLNKS. The MSG credo is that each country needs the others, especially to have any kind of voice in world forums, where major powers dominate.
The body got into dispute with the French government ruling New Caledonia, by deciding as early as 1988 that the FLNKS, not France, would be admitted to membership. Read more »