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Cambodian, Vietnamese police meet to discuss forestry crimes

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The two sides agree to battle border crimes at the meeting. CEN

Cambodian and Vietnamese police officials met on Sunday to discuss forestry crime prevention along the border between both countries in Mondulkiri province.

Major General Lor Sokha, chief of Mondulkiri provincial police, held a meeting with Colonel Ho Hong Vang, Vietnam’s Dak Lak province chief of police, to discuss the situation along the border.

“There have been no big crimes along the border between Mondulkiri and Dak Lak,” Maj Gen Sokha said yesterday. “But we are still collaborating to crack down on crimes.”

He added that during Sunday’s meeting, he spoke to Col Ho about the impact of information dissemination by authorities regarding forestry crimes.

“We have not had a case of the transportation of illegal logs across the border because Vietnamese authorities told their people to stop buying logs from Cambodia,” Maj Gen Sokha said. “There have only been two cases involving forestry crimes so far this year, but they are small cases.”

On Sunday, General Hou Sakun, deputy chief of National Police, inaugurated a $170,000 Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship building with donations from Dak Lak provincial police.

The National Police highlighted Maj Gen Sokha’s efforts in maintaining law enforcement cooperation with Vietnam’s Dak Lak province police.

Svay Sam Eang, Mondulkiri provincial Governor, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In October, indigenous people in the province’s Keo Seima district expressed concern over logging activities in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, which they claim is allowed by some commune authorities.

A representative of the indigenous Bunong community, who only identified himself as Sary, said community members regularly patrol the forest in the district’s Chong Phlas commune and often find people hired by timber traders to cut down trees.

Commune chief Leat Limkun at the time dismissed the residents’ claims and said there were no cases of illegal logging in the area.

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