Cambodia's Supreme National Council (SNC) adopted a declaration on Sept. 22 that
places a moratorium on logging exports as of Dec. 31, 1992.
The measure-supported by all of the factions represented on the SNC except the Khmer
Rouge-also puts sawn timber exports under the control of the U.N. Transitional Authority
in Cambodia (UNTAC), in close consultation with the SNC.
The declaration calls on the Cambodian parties to review immediately their timber
contracts and examine the feasibility of establishing value-added wood processing
activities in Cambodia.
Special Representative Yasushi Akashi said that UNTAC will identify external assistance
programs which could offset the loss of revenue caused by the ban on the export of
Studies are also planned by international agencies to assess the extent of deforestation,
as well as provide technical assistance on the use of forestry resources in Cambodia.
Khmer Rouge spokesperson Mak Ben said on Sept. 23 that without active participation
by all the Cambodian parties in monitoring and controlling logging, the ban "could
not be carried out effectively."
The Khmer Rouge has pressed for months for representatives of the resistance factions
to be empowered to work in tandem with UNTAC to monitor key ministries of the Phnom