NIUE PREMIER VIVIAN SAYS KOREAN SECT PROPOSAL IS NO PRIORITY

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ALOFI, Niue (August 7, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---Premier of Niue Young Vivian says dealing with the offer of a multi million dollar investment by a South Korean religious sect is not at the top of his agenda.

The proposal of about US$ 100 million would see the Koreans buy the government’s two hotels, re-establish a medical school on the island, and provide an air service.

In exchange they would get long-term access to land for what has been called a holy city, which would be an enclosed compound spread over 150 hectares (370.5 acres), housing up to 800 people.

Mr. Vivian says there is a lot of opposition to the plan, so they are proceeding cautiously.

"You know, there have been things like that talked about in the past, but they didn't come to any fruition.

"We are not ruling out anything at this stage … We have yet to look at it, but, at the present moment, certainly the people are very much against it," Mr. Vivian said.

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