13 Mar 2019

Negotiated solution over Matthew and Hunter still likely

From , 5:03 am on 13 March 2019

Vanuatu and France are likely to keep their decades-long territorial dispute out of the courts as they wrestle for control of two small, uninhabited islands neighbouring the two countries.

That's according to a New Caledonian public law professor specialising in territorial issues.

Geraldine Giraudeau says the two countries are likely to keep trying for a diplomatic settlement over the Matthew and Hunter Islands rather than long and costly litigation

Professor Giraudeau told Sally Round, moves like France's recent naval mission to the islands wouldn't stand up in international courts.

Hunter island.

Hunter island. Photo: WikiCommons