Unused Blacksands fish processing plant to finally open, says PM Salwai

Coming soon to Blacksands; tuna boats

Coming soon to Mele Bay, Blacksands; tuna boats by the dozen

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Vanuatu’s farcical diplomacy on Abhkazia: a refresher [Global Intelligence Files]

From Wikileak’s Global Intelligence Files, an archive of emails hacked from US “global intelligence” company Stratfor by hacker collective Anonymous, comes this article from Russian english-language newspaper the Moscow Times. It provides a useful summary of Vanuatu’s diplomatic blundering over the recognition of Abhkazia in 2011, which made Vanuatu an international joke, thanks to the chequebook diplomacy and underhanded dealings of Juris Gulbis (yet another bloody Saken!), ‘Mme. 15%’ Thi Tham Goiset and Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot.
Moscow Times
June 8, 2011

A New State’s Guide to Gaining International Recognition

By Nikolaus von Twickel

It’s not easy gaining recognition as an independent country.

Abkhazia, a sliver of Black Sea land recognized as sovereign by no one but Russia
and three other countries, created a stir last week when it announced that it had
convinced a fifth UN member country, the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, to recognize
its independence from Georgia.

But then the UN ambassador of Vanuatu home to more than 80 volcanic islands, 113
indigenous languages and tribal bungee jumping denied the claim and insisted
that his government was dealing with Georgia instead.

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Illegal fishing of Vanuatu territorial waters draining nation’s revenue

Daily Post today points out that the loss of Vanuatu fish sold in Fiji is much greater than what has been stated. It is greater than what is claimed by the international environmental NGO Sea Shepherd and much, much greater than what is stated by the the Department of Fisheries. Daily Post also points out that there are Taiwanese vessels with local agreements and others without, and Vanuatu loses out on all. The statements were made by the DG of Finance, Georges Maniuri.

Daily Post today also gives further details of the encounter between the young man on the Etas road, apprehended and threatened by an unidentified person (offering a large sum of money) wanting to know the home of a senior civil servant. The report comes from senior detective George Twomey. The Phocea affair is showing such a great deal of local as well as foreign nastiness, this website repeats its opinion that all concerned of whatever level should be incarcerated until Read the rest of this entry »

Cablegate Vanuatu | Taiwan confident over Vanuatu switch

This is the first of a new series—Cablegate Vanuatu—that we will be publishing here on Vanuatu Daily Digest.  The Cablegate leak, a.k.a. the United States diplomatic cables leak, began in February 2010 when WikiLeaks—a non-profit organization that publishes submissions from anonymous whistleblowers—began releasing 251,287 classified cables that had been sent to the U.S. State Department by 274 of its consulates, embassies, and diplomatic missions around the world. Dated between December 1966 and February 2010, the cables contain diplomatic analysis from world leaders, and the diplomats’ assessment of host countries and their officials. As a service to the Vanuatu public, we will publish selected cables of interest about Vanuatu and its leaders.

Key quote from this cable:

the personalized nature of the deal raises questions about whether the new Taiwan-Vanuatu relationship is sustainable. Even if Vohor succeeds in bringing his cabinet around, it is far from certain whether Vanuatu will switch back to Beijing once more after he leaves the political arena.  Equally unclear is whether Taiwan’s own legislature will be willing to underwrite once again Taiwan’s dollar diplomacy, especially if it turns out that money is going into Vohor’s personal bank account rather than legitimate development projects.

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