Benny Wenda banned from UN
29th September 2019
It is not true that Benny Wenda has joined the UN General Assembly as a member of Vanuatu’s delegation because the UN only allows state representatives to enter the UN General Assembly in New York
Jayapura (ANTARA) – Papuan figure Nick Meset ensured that the UN did not allow Benny Wenda and his entourage to enter the UN General Assembly hall and join a delegation from Vanuatu because he was not a citizen of that small country.
“It is not true that Benny Wenda has joined the UN General Assembly as a member of Vanuatu’s delegation because the UN only allows state representatives to enter the UN General Assembly in New York,” Nick Meset told ANTARA on Sunday.
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A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.
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