Cambodia: Land Ministry sets up working group to settle long-running land dispute with Koh Kong Sugar

Author: Soth Koemsoeun, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 21 May 2018

"Land Ministry sending work group to Koh Kong", 21 May 2018

The Ministry of Land Management, Urbanization and Construction...is to send a working group to Koh Kong province to collect information on a land disputed in an effort to find a solution for villagers locked in a long-running land dispute, after 300 residents...gathered in front of the ministry to demand action.

...486 local families who have been embroiled in land disputes with Koh Kong Sugar Industry and Koh Kong Plantation have requested intervention.

Thy Na, a representative of 316 families..."The people welcome the statement by the ministry because in the past the officials had only asked us to go home without finding a solution for us,"...."The ministry told us that it will create a joint committee in Koh Kong, and asked us to go back and work with the provincial authorities. However, we only give them half of our trust since we have not received any compensation yet."

...Tep Thon, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management...said..."We have already created the committee...we are going to collect information, identify the occupants, and measure the lands," he said.

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Note: Koh Kong Sugar's contract can be viewed at openlandcontracts.org

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Related companies: Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co., Ltd. & Koh Kong Plantation Co.,Ltd.