Activists campaigning for independence for the Indonesian province of Papua are seeking membership to a key political and trade bloc in the Pacific.
The Secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has received an application for membership from the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.
The coalition is made up of activists seeking independence for Papua, an Indonesian province.
A spokesman for the coalition says Papuans are an inseparable part of the Melanesian family.
He hopes membership of the MSG will help efforts to advance the independence cause at the United Nations.
Papua is the western half of an island that includes Papua New Guinea.
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