VANUATU TRIBUNAL TO SETTLE LAND DISPUTE

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By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 30) –- The Spokesman for Takara Land, Chief Malele, has encouraged the indigenous people of Efate to find time to attend the land tribunal, which is hearing the historical land dispute involving four claimants from Takara/Emau and one from Nguna.

[PIR editor’s note: Takara is a village in north Efate, the main island in Vanuatu.]

The original claimant is William Kerry Amiera. The other claimants are Billy Amiera and Manapanga, Ndankanas, Karaf Family and Sosou Family in Emau, who are all from Emau.

The tribunal, which began last week, heard claims by William Kerry Amiera and Ndankanas Community. Chief Malele said the Sosou Family missed out of the case for not turning up nor paying the tribunal fee.

Chief Malele labelled the case a "model for the people of Efate" to find time to listen to it.

"We invite all relevant institutions including the National Museum to come to record and listen to the case as Takara is situated on historical land which used to hold a U.S. Army Base in World War II. It also has a geo-thermal power site which has potential to be tapped for commercial use", Chief Malele said.

The original claimants have set up a joint venture with a local company to exploit the volcanic rocks nearby for use for construction purposes. It is also the same site that Mariano Vollani of Italy visited last year and held talks with Government Ministers with an offer to tap energy from it.

Posted on 30 May 2006

June 2, 2006

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

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