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Madagascar: The United States is ready to cooperate militarily to stop the traffic of rosewood in the island




The Chargé d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, Eric Wong, recently announced that the United States would be willing to assist the Malagasy authorities in the monitoring of the coast of the island.
 
Eric Wong also highlighted that the United States would be also ready to cooperate militarily to halt rosewood trafficking in Madagascar if Malagasy the power expressly made the request, as reported by the website tananews.com.
 
As a reminder, the Malagasy president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, decided to fight frontally since his election against the trafficking of rosewood in Madagascar, with a stated goal of zero cut, transport or export of precious woods, after a year 2013 where traffic has exploded in the island.
 
The Malagasy Authority today wants to rely on the order of 2011 which harshly punishes those involved in the illegal trade of rose wood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.
 
Rose wood, protected and endangered species, is at the heart of a prohibited traffic destined for Asia.
 
Traffickers exploit a parallel lucrative market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold for around 500 dollars (377 euros).
 
Order 2011-01 also comes in addition to a decree promulgated on March 31, 2010 in Madagascar and prohibiting cutting and trade of rosewood and ebony.



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