ROTA RESORT IN NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SAYS NO DEAL WITH WORLD PEACE GROUP

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By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (February 27, 2002 – Pacific Daily News)---The Rota Resort & Country Club yesterday denied having made any deal with a group that claims to be a nation without borders and prints its own currency.

Rota Mayor Benjamin Manglona announced in a press release Tuesday that the Global Country of World Peace, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, will acquire Rota Resort and continue to operate the property as a world-class vacation spot.

"GCWP not only promises to add more local workers at the Rota Resort, but it will need 40 hectares (100 acres) for a new development on Rota where it will build a World Peace Palace and residences for its staff," according to the mayor's press release.

The resort's management was unavailable for comment Tuesday but issued a brief statement yesterday.

''There has been no sale or other agreement of any kind between Rota Resort and Country Club and the 'Global Country of World Peace,''' according to the resort's management.

Representatives of the group met with the resort management and the Rota mayor last week, according to the resort management, ''to discuss their interest in Rota and potential future investment opportunities on the island.''

The resort management stated that the group's representatives who visited Rota consisted of Tony Nader and three people from the group's Japan office.

Nader also is called Raja Nader Raam by the organization's followers, who call him the ''first sovereign ruler.''

Manglona's press release said the group plans to make Rota the ''capital of world peace.''

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