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Pacific links: Manus, West Papua, booming kava sales, a Tongan skier and Mal Meninga

By Harriet Smith, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato is in Canberra this week discussing the future of the Manus Island detention Centre. He spoke to the ABC about the agenda. Minister Pato has also reiterated that PNG’s position on West Papua will not change, rejecting claims by West Papuan activist Frank Makanuey that the government’s position – that West Papua is an integral part of Indonesia – is not in line with public sentiment in PNG.
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