26 Sep 2012

Vanuatu leader slams Cabinet colleague for passport allegations

1:17 pm on 26 September 2012

Vanuatu's care-taker Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has rejected allegations made by the care-taker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfred Carlot, that he had sold Vanuatu passports.

Mr Carlot levelled the same accusation against the former leader of the opposition, Serge Vohor, former foreign minister, Joe Natuman, and Pakoa Kaltonga.

Mr Kilman says Mr Carlot failed to provide evidence.

He says he is also misleading the people of Vanuatu over his alleged breaches of the country's maritime laws.

Mr Carlot and the care-taker minister of education, Marcelino Pepite have been charged with boarding the yacht Phosea before it had been cleared by Customs.

Mr Carlot has defended being on the yacht, saying the media is just painting a poor picture of him ahead of next month's election.

The Prime Minister also says Mr Carlot is wrong to say the Government has appointed the owner of the Phocea, Pascal Anh Quan Saken as Vanuatu's consul to Vietnam - he says it is still being debated.