May we point out that the Ye-Tavoy railway and our gas pipeline project, conducted by Total and its partners - US-based Unocal and Thailand's PTT-EP - are completely unconnected.
Construction of the pipeline is planned for 1996-97, well before the planned completion of the railway which, in any case, could not transport the loads required for pipeline construction. Moreover, the railway runs north-south but our pipeline west-east.
It is unthinkable for Total - directly or indirectly - to resort to forced labour of any kind.
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