14 Apr 2003

Million US dollar project in Vanuatu derailed by land dispute

10:06 am on 14 April 2003

The Vanuatu island of Tanna has lost a much needed health institution project worth one million US dollars due to an ongoing land dispute.

The project which was to be funded by the United Nations Development Project was withdrawn after US Army personnel waited two years for the green light to build the facility at Middle Bush in central Tanna.

Col Andrew Manuele, the US military attache based in Canberra said he and his team had been frustrated by the delays as they had deadlines to meet.

He said Australia and France, which were to help fund the project had pulled out of the deal and he had to get funding from other sources.

Vanuatu government authorities could not be reached for comment.