Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has called for the owners to relinquish their ownership of the land where the former Sari Club once stood before being leveled by terrorist on October 12, 2002.
Quoted by Beritabali.com, the Governor is dissuading the owners of the now vacant lot from their plans to build a new night spot on the land, in favor of a plan by a group of Australian citizen to construct a Bali Peace Park to commemorate the victims of the 2002 bombing.
The Governor told the press on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, that the realization of a Peace Park on the site will have a greater and longer-lasting value for the people of Bali.
The Governor said: "We hope that the owner of the land will understand a little about the problems of humanity. I think there is nothing wrong with donating this land (to the park project). I'm convinced that this would not reduce the wealth of those people (the owners)."
The Governor confirmed that the Provincial Government of Bali and the Regency Government for Badung will continue to facilitate the building of the Bali Peace Park, an idea conceived and promoted by the victims and the families of the 2002 Bali bombing organized under the Bali Peace Park Associations.Earlier, one of the founders of the Bali Peace Park Association, Nick Way, said the correct value of the 800 square meter lot should be around US$700,000, a figure far below the US$ 3 million being sought by the site's current owners.
[Give Peace a Park].
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