Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, has joined Greenpeace and landowners in condemning the destructive logging project Kiunga Aiambak.
Greenpeace action against Malaysian logging company Concord Pacific in PNG.
Yesterday Sir Mekere released an official statement saying, "the
Kiunga- Aiambak project, involving Concord Pacific Ltd and a
landowner company, should never have occurred."
Sir Mekere also said:
- The full court hearing is scheduled for the end of this
- The Acting Attorney-General will join the case in support of
the Forest Authority;
- Allegations of human rights abuses against resource owners
- This logging project will be one of the first operations to be
examined under the forthcoming independent review of projects;
- Further extensions to this project will neither be permitted,
Greenpeace welcomed these decisions, but Brian Brunton,
Greenpeace forest campaigner said, "Greenpeace wants the Kiunga
Aiambak logs currently at Umuda Island to be seized by the
government. They should be either returned to their rightful
owners, or the logs sold by the Forest Authority and the monies
received paid into a trust account pending final court
Overnight, Malaysian logging company Concord Pacific towed the
log barge away from the MV Hua Yang after sighting the Prime
Minister´s statement condemning the logging operations. Greenpeace
climbers left the ship´s cranes more than 48 hours after they first
Greenpeace activists will stand watch over the remaining logs
until the court makes its ruling on the legality of the project on
The Greenpeace activity began on Sunday afternoon, when
volunteers boarded the MV Hua Yang, which was loading Kiunga
Aiambak logs to take to China. Most of the logs are exported to
China, Japan and Korea, where they are used to make furniture,
flooring and cheap plywood.
Landowners say the Kiunga Aiambak logging project has brought
them social, environmental and economic problems.