STATEMENT BY HON JOHNNY R KOANAPO HEAD OF VANUATU DELEGATION TO THE 105th ACP MINISTERIAL SESSION BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
Mr. President, Excellencies,
I thank you for giving me the floor.
Mr. President, I wish to commend the Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors for submitting his report to the Council for consideration and decision.
But permit me Mr. President to bring to our attention also an issue which had been brought by the Vanuatu delegation at the Committee of Ambassadors meeting and following procedural considerations, the issue itself notably, is not included in this report. And it is the issue of the pressing plight of West Papua.
The celebration was marked by the speech of the minister of fisheries, Matai Seremaiah.
"This day 2nd May is a unique day internationally recognized as the United Nations World Tuna Day. Hon Ministers, member of Parliaments, Director Generals, Directors, the students especially students of Malapoa and teachers, ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you all to this first Celebration of World Tuna Day and I thank you for joining me and my team, the Vanuatu people, FFA members and the UN members around the world to celebrate this day.
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.
Prime minister speech :
I join the master of ceremonies to thank you all for your presence this afternoon to witness the handing over military equipment by the Government of the republic of China. The People Republic of China continues to be one of Vanuatu’s major development partners and supporter of Vanuatu’s development efforts since they established bilateral relations back in the 1980’s. It is for the reason that the Government of Vanuatu would like continue to maintain the good diplomatic relation that it has with the people and the Government of china through support for the one China Policy. Today’s ceremony marks another development milestone at the Vanuatu Mobile Force Headquarter, Cooks Barracks, Vila. It is a sign of Vanuatu Governments commitment to develop VMF into a higher level security. This is the second time that the VMF has received heavy military vehicles equipment and uniforms. You can still see some signs of the aftermath of cyclone PAM that hit us year ago. You can also see signs of renovation on some building going on. The Government is working hard to ensure that these much needed repair are done. I hope that when we next visit here, the VMF camp will be fully refurnished. We are here today to witness the official handing over of the heavy military and commercial vehicles plus some other hardware that are generously donated by the government of the People’s Republic of China to the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu. We all understand that the Vanuatu Mobile Force will be the direct beneficiary from this assistance and its operations. According to the agreement between the military of National Defense of the People Republic of China and Vanuatu Government through the ministry of the Internal Affair of the Republic of Vanuatu, the military aid grant assistance is to the value of 8,000,000.00 ( eight millions RMB yuans)