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Cambodia: 26 families involved in a longstanding land conflict with a company seek help from Chinese Embassy officials

Author: Sotheary Pech, Khmer Times, Published on: 28 May 2019

"Villagers call on Chinese embassy for help", 28 May 2019

About 20 people representing 26 families locked in a land dispute with the Union Development Group in Koh Kong province gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh ... to demand that the embassy help urge the company to resolve the dispute.

Saing Puy, a representative, said UDG received rights to develop areas in Kiri Sakor and Botum Sakor districts in 2008. Ms Puy said the move affected them because no resolution was ever provided. “We came to the Chinese embassy because China’s UDG company came, violated, and grabbed our land,” she said. “So we think that the Chinese ambassador should be responsible and instruct this company to resolve this land dispute.” ...

Tith Ten, another representative, said they had previously gathered in front of the embassy once before to ask for an intervention, but there was no response... Representatives of both the Chinese embassy and UDG could not be reached for comment ... However, Chai Kimthuch, another representative, said five representatives met with embassy officials to hand a letter to be submitted to the ambassador...

Sok Sothy, deputy Koh Kong provincial governor, said the land dispute involves state land that is protected and that only the government can settle it. “This is the government’s policy. We would solve this for people who have lived there for a long time,” Mr Sothy said. “But outsiders who came and claimed the land will not be provided with a resolution.”...

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Related companies: Union Development Group