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6 September 2008

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Papua New Guinea

PNG angry over Greenpeace blockade

The Papua New Guinea Government has expressed anger at the environmental group Greenpeace for preventing an export ship from loading logs bound for China.

Armed police officers forced Greenpeace activists to end a protest that had prevented log loading operations at a remote port on the PNG south coast.

Greenpeace was protesting against what it says is illegal logging in PNG but the country's Forests Minister Beldon Namah rejects the claim. He says "The actions of Greenpeace only amounts to stopping the Government of Papua New Guinea from making money from the log exports. As far as I am concerned all the logging activities that has been undertaken in Papua New Guinea are legally sanctioned."

The protest appears to have helped the local land owners in the area with the logging company agreeing to address their concerns about the operation on their land.

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