Thousands of land dispute cases solved: Land Ministry

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Villagers from Preah Vihear province protest at the Ministry of Land Management over a land dispute. KT/Siv Channa

The Land Management Ministry yesterday reported that nearly 10,000 land dispute cases have been resolved throughout the Kingdom.

According to a ministry press release, the ministry and the National Authority of Land Management Commission received 11,994 land dispute cases submitted by citizens by the end of May.

It said that the ministry solved 9,871 of the land dispute cases, while 2,123 are still being resolved.

“The ministry issued 5,224,248 land titles, equivalent to 74.63 percent of seven million plots of land to be distributed to citizens,” the ministry said.

The ministry added that it had solved land disputes in different parts of the country.

It said that in Koh Kong province, 986 families, who were having disputes with Koh Kong Plantation, Koh Kong Sugar Industry and Heng Huy Development, will receive land titles.

It noted that each family has received land plots ranging from 1.5 to 3 hectares and some money.

“The ministry is processing land titles in order to provide them to people whose cases have already been resolved,” it said. “We will organise the infrastructure in the areas they will live in.”

It said that in Kampong Speu province, a working group resolved cases involving 203 families who had land disputes with Phnom Penh Sugar Company, Kampong Speu Sugar Company and Kampong Speu Plantation Company.

While in Preah Vihear province, it said that it solved the cases of 287 families who had land disputes with five companies that received economic land concessions.

Seng Loth, spokesman for the ministry, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Phav Nherng, a representative of families who has a dispute with Heng Huy Development Company in Koh Kong, yesterday said families were initially assigned plots of land in Sre Ambel district’s Chi Kor Krom commune.

Ms Nherng said families have never received the land titles and this prompted them to come to Phnom Penh in order to demand a solution.

“We agreed to receive the land that we were promised with in Prek Chik village, and we also agreed to relinquish some of our land to the company, but ministry officials instead told us we are to receive land in a different area,” she said. “We cannot accept this because we have already started building structures – we were only waiting for our land titles.”

“We came to Phnom Penh to ask the ministry to solve this problem for us,” Ms Nherng said.

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