General WPRA Mathias Wenda, from Remote Jungles of New Guinea, hereby would like to thank all leaders of Melanesia States: The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Prime Minister of Fiji and the Leader of Kanak peoples for their full support for West Papua, and for accepting West Papua as an observer at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
This wise decision, despite pressures and intimidation by the those interested in colonizing and exploiting the wealthy natural resources of West Papua, disregarding the existence and the fate of the peoples of West Papua, and undermining the importance of our natural environment as our home and the forests as our houses.
We Melanesian leaders are heading towards maturity and full of wisdom as our ancestors were, making decisions based on what is right and what is not good; not based on majority and minority, what is correct and incorrect, what is economically beneficial and what is supporting our personal ambitions and wealth.
This is a historic decision, that all Melanesians from Timor Leste to Fiji will always remember for ever and ever. All Melanesian generations to come will always commemorate this momentum as the coming back of a lost identity and a so long forgotten entity into a united and one Melanesia-hood.
The future generations will reflect upon the wisdom of today’s leaders of Melanesia, and all history teachers and anthropologists will note that this momentum is the momentum for a united Melanesia, one Melanesia that has the capacity to decide her future and her destiny; that the era of colonialism end neo colonialism is over. This is the golden era of the Melanesian people, to plan and gain our better future.
What I have been fighting for so far is not just for a Free and Independent West Papua, but so that this freedom and independence of West Papua will bring the freedom and independence across all Melanesian peoples and nation-states.
I wish all Melanesian leaders “God Bless you!” I wish ULMWP “God Bless You!” I wish all of us, “God Bless Melanesia!”