July 19, 2006

Hungary PM declines Greenpeace offer of land

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's prime minister has declined
an offer by an environmental group of one square meter (10 sq
ft) of land in neighbouring Romania to entice him into joining
protests against an open-cast gold mine in the area.

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany on Wednesday declined the
offer by Greenpeace of a patch of land in the Rosia Montana,
where Canada's Gabriel Resources plans to open the mine.

Greenpeace hoped the offer would encourage Gyurcsany to
support protests against the mine, which Greenpeace said could
damage in the environment.

"While (the prime minister) appreciates the gesture of
Greenpeace, he has no means to accept the present offered by
the organization," Gyurcsany's spokesman Andras Batiz said.