Prime Minister Charlot Salwai re-affirmed this morning that Government and people of Vanuatu have not change their support to the cause of their Melanesian brothers and sisters of Kanaky. Mr Salwai made the comments when he received this morning a high level delegation of the independent movement of the french territory of New Caledonia, the FLNKS lead by their spokesperson, Victor Tutugoro in his office. He said Vanuatu will continue to raise the issue of independence of Kanaky in regional and international organisations. Mr Salwai said that the issue of independence of kanaks is currently absent within their melanesian organisation of Melanesian Spearhead Group but it is only with the leaders and not their people. He said the issue of the independence of melanesian people is rooted in the minds of the people of Melanesia. The Prime Minister also congratulated the leaders of the FLNKS for their ground works towards then self determination of the kanaks. Mr Tutugoro and the members of his delegation also briefed Mr Salwai on the current political situation in Kanaky. The FLNKS delegation met with Mr Salwai this morning and also Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, former prime minister, Barak Sope, former president of the Republic of Vanuatu, Kalkot Mataskelekele and one of the former minister of internals affairs, Pastor John Sethy Regenvanu. They will also meet with Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs and others leaders of Vanuatu during their four days visit in Vanuatu. The purpose of their visits is to gather information on how Vanuatu achieved its independence from Britain and France in 1980.

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