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Appointment of MSG director general not legitimate, says PNG PM O'Neill

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill says the appointment of Fijian diplomat, Amena Yauvoli as new Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is not legitimate.

And he's written to the chair of the MSG, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare to raise PNG's position, according to a statement issued by Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato.

Papua New Guinea is of the strong view that the established protocols in the Agreement establishing the MSG were not properly observed.

"Whilst we recognise the credentials of Ambassador Yauvoli, such important decisions concerning the organisation requires a meeting of the Leaders to consider short-listed candidates presented through the established process in this case, the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs. After a collective decision, the Leaders announce the appointment of the successful candidate, said PM O'Neill.

The PNG leader said while he respects the prerogative of the chair, 'we are urging the chair to allow Leaders to discuss the matter at the forthcoming Special MSG Leaders Summit in Vanuatu.'

"The process of consensus through the MSG Leaders Summit by all members must be completed before such appointments can be announced. said PM O'Neill.

Ambassdor Yauvoli signed his contract in Honiara early this month.


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