28/10/2021

Condolence message from Mr. Franzalbert Joku

I also convey our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the late Edward N. Natape on his passing. “The Lord giveth and He taketh all glory to Him.”

The late Opposition Leader, in his various capacities he served, always had a ear for Papuans, whenever we brought our grievances to Vanuatu over the years. He was a gentle, unassuming and balanced leader.

I recall, as Opposition Leader back then, Natape strongly supported then Prime Minister Barak Sope’s Papua statement to the UN Millenium Summit in 2000 and inclusion of Papuan representatives (Andy Ayamiseba, Rex Rumakiek and myself) to actually sit in the historic UN General Assembly as part of Vanuatu delegation.

Thank you, Hon. Edward Natape, and thank you Vanuatu.

We too grieve your passing. May you now rest in God’s eternal peace.