The President of New Caledonia, Mr Harold Martin has referred to the 25 years of existence of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as a success story.

Mr Martin made the comments while hosting Pacific leaders to a dinner at the government head quarters of New Caledonia in Noumea last night.

Mr Martin reminisced on the days when the MSG was first established and the changes that took place since then.

“Initially, not all New Caledonians agreed to joining the MSG because of the historical context of the Pacific rivalry,” Mr Martin said.

“But we are working to become full members soon and we hope we can count on your support.”

Mr Martin welcomed the leaders, saying it was good to see everyone come together in harmony without any tension or restrain in an effort to build their relationship for the prosperity of the Melanesian people.

He assured leaders that all New Caledonians had a positive view of their actions.

Mr Martin said the handing over of the MSG chairmanship from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to FLNKS was a milestone achievement that was being eagerly anticipated.

The President of New Caledonia said if it was agreed, FLNKS would soon become a fully fledged member of the MSG.