19 Jan 2010

TI in Solomons urges government to act against illegal logging

1:13 pm on 19 January 2010

Transparency Solomon Islands is calling on the Ministry of Forests not to take a lenient approach and compromise its position against companies that breach their licenses.

In a statement, TSI says the decision by government to only warn and not take action against Asian logging company, Chung Sol, is irresponsible.

It says the government's action shows blatant disregard for national rules and obligation.

It says the company's attempt to export seven containers of logs was a deliberate attempt to breach the laws of the country.

TSI says the government's action will not deter others from engaging in such behaviour.