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Koh Kong families to receive land titles

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The Koh Kong provincial governor announced yesterday that land for 175 families locked in a dispute with sugar companies in Botum Sakor and Sre Ambel districts has been charted and is ready to be distributed.

Officials have also started to meet villagers from Thpong and Oral districts to begin an identification process to end another land dispute case in Kampong Speu province.

Koh Kong provincial Governor Mithona Phouthorng said yesterday that each family is to receive three hectares of land in accordance with the Land Management Ministry’s resolution.

Ms Phouthorng said that after villagers have received their portion, the authorities will continue charting land borders and granting land titles to solve disputes.

“Please use the land to provide for the needs of each family,” Ms Phouthorng said.

Phav Nherng, a representative of the 175 families, said that she is grateful for the efforts of the ministry and provincial officials in providing three hectares of land and $2,500 to each family.

However, Ms Nherng said that villagers have asked officials to help build roads, bridges, schools, clinics and pagodas in the area.

“The remote area is very far away and our children can’t get to school because it’s about 30 kilometres away from the national road,” she said. “We strongly urge the government to take action and help us to quickly build infastructure.”

Earlier this month, the Land Management Ministry announced that it would measure land and divide plots to nearly 600 families locked in a land dispute with Koh Kong Sugar Industry and Koh Kong Plantation.

One group made up of 200 families has already received 1.5 hectares of land each.

The ministry said at the time that a working group will continue to manage the allocation of land for hundreds of other families.

Kampong Speu provincial Governor Vei Samnang also informed villagers locked in a land dispute with sugar tycoon Ly Yong Phat in Thpong and Oral districts to prepare documents related to land ownership for officials to verify.

“The provincial administration hopes that people locked in land disputes with companies will prepare the supporting documents to show to the working group to end the land dispute,” Mr Samnang said.

The announcement came following a fourth rally made up of 300 villagers representing more than 1,000 families in Thpong and Oral districts at the Land Management Ministry on Thursday.

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