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Bkk Post-Plodprasop: No permits for

Subject: Bkk Post-Plodprasop: No permits for logs given

Bangkok Post May 31, 1999.

Plodprasop: No permits for logs given
Denies firms got nod for Burmese wood

The forestry chief yesterday denied reports that his department has approved
requests from four timber firms to import a large quantity of processed wood
from Burma via this northen border province.

Such permits would be considered only after applicants agreed to
pre-conditions set by the Forestry Department, said Plodprasop Suraswadi
during his inspection trip to Mae Hong Son.

"So far, we have not approved any request for permission to import logs from
Burma. The department will have to study such requests carefully first," he

Mr Plodprasop was responding to reports that four Thai firms had been
permitted to import more than two million cubic metres of wood from Burma.
The firms were identified as Sahai Ruamrob Korea Co, Phonpana Co, SA
Pharmaceutical Co and B&F Goodrich Co.

But Mr Plodprasop admitted he had called a meeting with representatives of
the four firms to discuss their requests.

Only B&F Goodrich did not attend the meeting where the three other firms
accepted the department's pre-conditions for the granting of log import
permits, he said.

One of the pre-conditions was that the wood to be imported must be inspected
by Thai forestry officials before its transport into Thailand, Mr Plodprasop

The forestry chief yesterday inspected forests near a border pass at Ban Nam
Piang Din. He was accompanied by Third Army commander Lt-Gen Wattanachai
Chaimuenwong, and Col Charnchai Nakprapai, head of the 7th Infantry
Regiment's special task force.