WARNING AGAINST SALE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA WAR RELICS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 8, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Morobe provincial government and Papua New Guinea's National Museum and Art Gallery are planning legal action against scrap metal dealers and others engaged in the disposal of World War II military relics.

Announcement of the action was made in a statement by Saga Sommy, a member of the Morobe Tourism Association, The National reports.

Sommy said the War Materials Surplus Act protects relics from disposal, adding that the National Museum and Art Gallery has a list of the exact locations of war planes and other war items remaining in Morobe.

The sad thing, he emphasized, is that Pacific War relics are disappearing into the hands of unscrupulous individuals who have no respect for such assets. Sommy said people were selling the items either for quick money or were simply giving them away because of ignorance of the legislation which prohibits their destruction or disposal.

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