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‘Preserve Seychelles’ reacts to State House’s press statement | 10 August 2019

‘Preserve Seychelles’ has said it will exhaust all possible avenues to ensure that no military facilities are built on Assomption island.

It made the statement in a press release dated August 9, 2019.

The press release reads:

“The ‘Preserve Seychelles’ executive committee and its members are extremely disappointed by the press statement dated August 7, 2019 from the Office of the President. This statement followed a meeting with the President on Tuesday August 6, 2019. The chairman of ‘Preserve Seychelles’, Terry Sandapin, presented the president with a copy of the association’s constitution and an original copy of the report on the fact-finding mission to the islands of Astove and Assomption on July 21, 2019.

“The report contains the reality on the ground on both Astove and Assomption and other observation by the three-man delegation from ‘Preserve Seychelles’. ‘Preserve Seychelles’ had also included several recommendations in the said report.

“However, it is now clear that the president has not taken any of our recommendations into consideration and he has decided to press on with the construction of military facilities on Assomption island, which is stated in his press release dated August 7, 2019. ‘Preserve Seychelles’ is totally against the construction of military facilities of any nature on Assomption Island. We had recommended a coast guard observation post on Astove island to be manned by a small team of Seychelles coast guard officers.

“It is now clear that the president will go to any length to have military facilities on Assomption island, and this should also be made clear to the president and everyone concerned, that ‘Preserve Seychelles’ will exhaust all possible avenues to ensure that this does not and will never happen!

“In the spirit of transparency and clarity, ‘Preserve Seychelles’, will be holding a press conference in the coming days to present the report officially to the media and the public at large, as well as answer any questions that might arise.”

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