REV. MOON VISIT STIRS CONCERN IN VANUATU

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By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 24) – Controversy, speculation and rumours tainted with confusion over "Reverend" Moon's planned trek to Vanuatu on December 5 has prompted President Kalkot Mataskelekele to invite the country's three former Heads of State; George Sokomanu, Jean-Marie Leye andJohn Bennett Bani for private talks in the State Office Nakamal on the man who is reported to claim to be the Messiah mandated by Jesus Christ to complete His mission by building His Kingdom on earth.

The Head of State has yet to comment on the outcome of their meeting.

Following a promise by Global Peace Ambassador for the Universal Peace Federation of Vanuatu, Ati George Sokomanu to challenge the Government in court if they try to stop Moon and his wife from visiting the country, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has consulted the State Law Office on the "legality" of the visit and is still waiting for an answer.

However, if they should be allowed to enter the country, reliable sources in the Department of Foreign Affairs say, it would not be possible to use the VIP Lounge nor would they be met by Government Leaders.

On the other hand their own leaders can apply for normal permits to welcome the couple on touch down on the tarmac to lead them through the normal arrival gate.

The Chairman of the Vanuatu Christian Council, Bishop Michel Visi was not well yesterday, but his Office confirmed he was aware of the controversy surrounding Moon's visit.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishop after our telephone to his room went unanswered, the church official explained, "The Chairman (of VCC) was briefed on the issue as soon as he arrived back into the country from abroad and he answered that since other beliefs such as Islam have been accepted into the country, it would be unfair to bar the Moon couple from entering the country.

"What Christians have to guard against is to make sure that their own beliefs are not infiltrated by new doctrines".

November 24, 2005

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

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