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[New post] Anniversary of Vanuatu’s reclamation of Matthew and Hunter Islands celebrated today

WordPress.com bobmakin posted: " 9 March is Matthew and Hunter Day. At 1:30 pm on that day in 1983 the Vanuatu flag was hoisted on Hunter Island, known to the people of Aneityum as Leka, and the national anthem sung as the active volcano was reclaimed for Tafea, Matthew and Hunter be" Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Digest Anniversary of Vanuatu’s reclamation of Matthew and Hunter Islands celebrated today by bobmakin Vanuatu's flag flies over Hunter Island, 1:30pm, 9th March 1983. Photo: Bob Makin 9 March is Matthew and Hunter Day. At 1:30 pm on that day in 1983 the Vanuatu flag was hoisted on Hunter Island, known to the people of Aneityum as Leka, and the national anthem sung as the active volcano was reclaimed for Tafea, Matthew and Hunter being uninhabited remote outliers of the southernmost province. The two islands had been administered by France from the French Residency, Port Vila, during Condominium times, but as became apparent when the Dunkerquoise threatened to fire on Euphrosyne as the Vanuatu government vessel reached Matthew in 1983, France was determined to hold on to the two outliers as if they belonged to New Caledonia. But the flag had been raised — on Hunter Island, the previous day. It was thought a ceremony was to be organized for the day today, but Read more of this post bobmakin | March 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Tags: France, History, maritime boundary, Vanuatu | Categories: The Daily Digest | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-1D0 Comment    See all comments Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/2n2kIU2 Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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