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Watchdog Group Says Burma's Illegal Timber Trade Has Resumed


An international environmental watchdog group says Burma's illegal timber trade with China has resumed in recent weeks, despite signs that the Burmese government had suspended the practice.

A statement released Tuesday by London-based Global Witness says in the past 10 days, logging trucks have been seen crossing into China from northern Burma.

The organization noted that illegal logging had declined drastically since October, when it issued a report accusing Chinese logging companies of illegally exporting timber from Burma.

Global Witness says more than one million cubic meters of timber were illegally exported from northern Burma to China's Yunnan province in 2004.

It says the illegal trade amounts to a 250 million dollar yearly loss to Burma.

The organization is calling on Burma's military government to address the latest findings.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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