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Peace Park Project May be Built on Small 700 Square Meter Plot

Negotiations Commence to Purchase Part of Sari Club Site to Erect a Bali Peace Park as a Memorial for 2002 Bali Bombing Victims

Efforts continue on several fronts to divert, at least in part, the site of the former Sari Club on Jalan Raya Legian, Kuta from commercial redevelopment in order to create a memorial peace park to commemorate the 202 people who died in a 2002 terrorist attack.

Beritabali.com reports that the current owner of the lot has agreed to sell 7 are (700 square meters) of the 1,500 square meter lot at a price of Rp. 7 billion per are to the Bali Peace Park Association (BPPA). The owner claims an inability to sell the remaining 8 are over which she insists she does not hold title.

A closed door meeting was held last week at a Denpasar hotel between people representing BPPA and the owner of the now vacant lot. Attending the negotiations were the property owner Lila Tania, the chairman of the BPPA David Napoly, the chief of the Badung Tourism Office Made Badra, a representative from the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, the Indonesian Consul from Perth, and the Australian Consul-General in Bali Dr. Helena Studdert.

When the meeting ended, the land-owner Lila Tania quickly departed the location refusing comment to the media. Similarly, Australian Consul-General Dr. Helena Studdert left the meeting without comment.

The only person prepared to comment was the Chief of the Badung Regency Tourism Office, Made Badra, who helped mediate the discussions. Badra explained that the owner of the Sari Club Site had was prepared to sell 700 square meters (7 are) of land for Rp. 7 billion per are (100m2).

One remaining point yet to be resolved is who will pay the cost of securing the building permit (IMB) and compensate loss income potential. Representatives of BPPA offered Rp. 5 billion as compensation, but a final figure has not been approved, explained Badra.

The chairman of BPPA, David Napoly, warned that negotiations were still in their early days before a final agreement might be achieved.

The owner of the land has asked the representatives of BPPA to put forward a written offer for the land in order to expedite the negotiation process.

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