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500 illegal pieces of logs seized

October 13, 1997

500 illegal pieces of logs seized
Operation obstructed by Karenni soldiers
Mae Hong Son

Thai authorities have so far seized over 500 pieces of logs in a suppression 
drive against illegal logging along the Thai-Burmese border in Mae Sariang 
district of this northern province.
Most of the illegally-cut logs were found by the joint suppression force of 
the Forestry Department, forestry police and Border Patrol Police in the 
Salween National Park in Tambon Mae Yuam. The suppression drive began on 
September 13.
The joint suppression force is commanded by Pol Col Sithiporn Srichanthap, 
commander of the 2nd Subdivision of the Forestry Police Division.
About 80 of the seized logs were believed to have been felled by Karens who 
crossed the border from Burma.
The Thai authorities said their operation had occasionally been obstructed by 
soldiers of the anti-Rangoon Karenni National Progressive Party whose 
operational area is opposite Mae Hong Son in Burma's Kayah state.