NIUE'S PREMIER LAKATANI THREATENS TO EXPEL CONTROVERSIAL U.S. MEDICAL SCHOOL

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ALOFI, Niue (January 5, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Niue Premier Sani Lakatani has threatened to expel the controversial medical school, the Lord Liverpool University, if its organizational structure and administration aren’t improved.

Last October the government terminated its agreement with the medical school's U.S. owners, revoked their foreign business license and cancelled their lease on the former Niue Hotel.

However, three staff members now have taken over the running of the medical school, and are hoping to attract more students to keep it going.

Niue's Deputy Premier, Young Vivian, said he has been told that there will be 30 students enrolled at the school during the coming academic year.

"The premier is giving them a chance," Mr. Vivian said.

"I don't know about (it being) the last chance, but he's giving them good times so that they can operate and assure the government it's a going concern.

"As far as the government is concerned, it has no money involved in this. (It’s) purely private enterprise," the deputy premier emphasized.

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