The Papua New Guinea government has come to the defence of a Malaysian logging company after Greenpeace accused the firm of illegally exporting timber from the country.

Forestry minister Patrick Pruaitch took out advertisements in PNG’s two main daily newspapers to deny Greenpeace claims that Rimbunan Hijau had been logging without legal permits.

The government took its stand after Greenpeace representatives in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan, called for a boycott of timber products exported from PNG by the company.