Government reorganises land dispute resolution body

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Chea Sophara now chairs the National Authority for Land Dispute Resolution. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The government has reorganised the Kingdom’s land resolution body, which deals with land disputes.

According to a sub-decree signed on December 13 by Prime Minister Hun Sen, Land Management Minister Chea Sophara becomes chairman of the National Authority for Land Dispute Resolution and Khun Haing becomes his vice chairman.

The NALDR’s duty is to curb and reduce land disputes through education among the public and disciplinary measures taken against land encroachers, the sub-decree said.

It added that the NALDR must receive land dispute complaints across the country, investigate and resolve them, and also oversee land dispute resolution by the Cadastral Commission and relevant authorities.

Tep Thon, who became the new secretary-general of the NALDR, yesterday said that Mr Sophara and all members were committed to fulfilling the duties to solve all remaining land disputes across the country.

“Normally, both sides of the disputes have always wanted to win over one another, but we will try to examine the cases. Our officials will conduct thorough research to solve them based on legal principles,” Mr Thon said.

Sam Thy, a representative of residents embroiled in a land dispute in Koh Kong province, hailed the new composition led by Mr Sophara and noted that land disputes in the province would be solved soon.

“I believe in Chea Sophara’s capacity because he has already solved a lot of cases. The important thing is that land titles have not yet been issued for us because our residents are eager to get legitimacy and legal land ownership,” Mr Thy said. “If [Mr Sophara] participates in resolving the cases, I believe that he can solve them.”

The Land Management Ministry recently released an eight-month report in 2018 and said that it handled 9,131 land dispute cases, of which 3,960 were resolved, 2,854 cases were dismissed, 858 cases were withdrawn and officials are still working on the remaining 1,459 cases.

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