Vanuatu and the United States have sealed a new maritime law enforcement agreement. The Law Enforcement Accord and Ship Rider Agreement between the two countries, signed on Monday, will allow Vanuatu’s law enforcement officers to use United States Coast Guard ships as platforms for boarding suspicious ships anywhere in Vanuatu’s EEZ. This is to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity. Other Pacific countries to have signed similar agreements with the USA are Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, FSM and the Cook Islands. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray said that the United States wants to build maritime security in partnership with Pacific island countries. The agreement has helped Kiribati achieve US$4 million in fines in a single year. (Radio Vanuatu)
The first ever off-loading of frozen tuna fish from the Vanuatu EEZ will be witnessed tomorrow morning at the Read the rest of this entry »
United States Marines from the huge visiting naval logistics vessel USNS Pililaau as undertaking repairs on a kindergarten within the Anglican community station at Tagabe, Port Vila. There were salu salu for each of the US service personnel and a welcome program of song and dance.
Tourism Owners Association (TOA) support the VCCI’s suggestion of a moderate increase in VAT rather than Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
Vanuatu’s Electoral Office says an international observer team will visit selected polling stations on election day, Tuesday October 30 and will monitor the running of the election at those stations.
Transparency International Vanuatu had offered such assistance in the interests of ensuring a properly fair and democratic vote several weeks ago, but did not receive a reply from Government.
The Acting Principal Electoral Officer, Lionel Kaluat, now says the plan Read the rest of this entry »
US military teams have been in Santo for the past 45 days conducting a search and archaeological recovery of the remains of four American airmen lost when their aircraft went down during World War II in the mountains of Santo and on Mavea. Local villagers located the crash sites and have been assisting with the searches. Two teams deployed from Hawai’i to excavate several aircraft crash sites in search of Americans who remain unaccounted for from World War II. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command conducts global search, recovery, and laboratory operations to identify missing Americans from past conflicts in support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts and to honour their war dead. Photo credit on all images: DoD Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adelita C. Mead. Read more here.