FOOD DISPUTE ESCALATES IN WALLIS AND FUTUNA

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WALLIS, Wallis and Futuna (August 14, 1998 - Radio Australia)---A dispute disrupting the delivery of food supplies in the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna has escalated again.

The owner of land used by territory's primary trading company, General Import, wants a review of the lease agreement and a 900 percent rent increase, which the company has rejected.

The owner has re-occupied the land, blocking access to the company's storage facility.

The dispute is due to be considered further by a local tribunal next week.

There is concern the dispute will discourage investment from outside the territory, which is located west of Samoa and north of Fiji.

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