STAFF REPORTER PRIVATE landowners in the Tramuntana mountains called yesterday on the Balearic government to respect their rights to privacy on their own property. Gathering yesterday after a conference at the Raixa country estate at which the Council of Majorca's Environment department said it would continue to back the right of the public to use cross-country paths, the landowners said that the Balearic government is not acknowledging their legal right to privacy.

Marilena Tugores, representing the department, said that the Council of Majorca wanted to “show respect” to everyone and was aware that there was periodicaly conflict over land use.

But Tugores said that the Council represents public rather than private interest and that if a cross-country path on private land is shown through registers to be a right of way, then the public's interests must be defended.