His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, has agreed to represent Australia at the funeral service of the President of Vanuatu.
The Governor-General will depart Australia tomorrow afternoon. The funeral will be held in Port Vila on Wednesday.
His Excellency Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility.
He will be remembered as a servant of the nation of Vanuatu, a statesman who was much-loved by his people, and respected as a just and honourable President.
On behalf of all Australians, we offer his family and the Government and people of Vanuatu our sincere condolences.