Archive for January 27th, 2008

Condolences

January 27, 2008

We would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences on the demise of former president H.M. Soeharto. May his soul rest in peace. Amien.

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Papua Separatist in Vanuatu

January 27, 2008

West Papua People’s Representative Office (WPPRO) Port Vila Vanuatu led by a Chief of Office, initially it was claimed ad a representative of Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM), but later on due to strategic consideration it has benn changed to be Represntative Office for West Papua People. Its office was established by the support of Vice Prime Minister Mr. Serge Rialuth Voghor on 13 March 2003. Vohor, on November 3, 2004, made a secret visit to Taipei and established diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) without approval from the Council of Ministers. As a result, the Council of Ministers voted to void the move and asserted Vanuatu’s continued recognition of the People’s Republic of China under its terms of the One-China policy. For weeks, both the ROC and PRC had diplomatic missions in Vanuatu with disagreement in the government over which government to recognize. On December 1, Vohor punched (or pushed) the shoulder of the new ambassador from Beijing, Bao Shusheng, after being approached to explain why the flag of the Republic of China was still flying over a hotel in Port Vila.

After 16 members of parliament who had supported Vohor joined the opposition, depriving him of a majority and leaving him with 15 out of 52 seats, the opposition tried to hold a no-confidence vote against Vohor. Vohor now has no strong influence because on July 27, 2007, Vohor, who was serving as Minister of Public Utilities, allegedly assaulted an official from the Finance Ministry due to his pay being delayed. In a cabinet reshuffle a few days later, he was one of several ministers dismissed from the government.

The leading figure in Vanuatu is John Otto ondawame, Ph.D aka Dr. Otto John Ondawame (see his complete profile). He lives at Sun Ries Guest House, Port Vila, O Box 5024, Port Vila, Vanuatu. He was born on November 30, 1953, Wanamum, Noema Valley, Mimika regency, West Papua and his ethnicity is Amungme, Papuan, but he has Swedish nationality.