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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 17, 2000 - Radio Australia)---A provincial governor in Papua New Guinea is demanding AUS $2 million dollars (US$ 1.189) for use of the Kokoda Trail for the Sydney Olympics torch relay next month.

The Olympic torch will be carried by runners and a helicopter from Ower’s Corner on the Kokoda Trail to Bomana War Cemetery and then to Port Moresby.

Oro Governor Sylvanus Siembo has demanded the money from the Australian Government as compensation for the clansmen living along the trail.

He said if Australia wants to promote and market the Olympic games by using the name of the historic track, then it must pay infrastructure and development costs.

During World War II, Australia, with the help of local people, defeated the invading Japanese army along the Kokoda Trail.

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