24 Sep 2013

Vanuatu provincial head welcomes clean up of submerged WW2 relics

3:09 pm on 24 September 2013

The Secretary General of Vanuatu's Sanma Province, Sakaraia Daniel, has welcomed a proposal to clear up rusting relics of the Second World War from the sea off Santo.

United States soldiers stationed on the country's northern island bulldozed unwanted machinery at the end of the war into a bay now known as One Million Dollar Point.

A United States representative in the region has suggested the clean-up, during a visit to Vanuatu.

Mr Daniel says his Provincial Government Council would welcome the idea.

He says the site has been of longstanding concern to the landowners and people of Santo as they fear eating fish poisoned by the rubbish.