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Dispute to End in September

Ven Rathavong and Va Sonyka / Khmer Times Share:
Villagers from Battambong, Banteay Meanchey, and Pailin marched to the Prime Minister’s residence and the National Assembly to call for solutions for their land disputes on September 1. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)

PHNOM PENH, September 1, (Khmer Times) – Villagers from three provinces marched to the Prime Minister’s house and to the National Assembly to demand solutions for their land issue.
Villagers from the three provinces (Battambang, BanteayMeanchey and Pailin) who had submitted their petitions on August 25, still come to Phnom Penh because the provincial authorities pffer no solutions to their problems. 
Chan Heu, from Battambang province and spokesman for the three provinces’ villagers said that they will not return to their homelands if theystill get no deal with the government. 
Authorities had blocked the unauthorized march from the National Assembly (NA) to the Prime Minister’s house. 

Mom Phet, a villager from Pailin province who met with the NA’s  Commission on Human Rights, Complaints, and Investigation said “[the] NA will try to resolve our land dispute […] they will try to end up this issues in September – starting from Battambang and Banteay Meanchey.”

Eng Chai Eang , chairman of the commission, said, “We will resolve these land disputes within one month after petition submission.” 

He added that the NA will organize working groups to investigate the ssue. 

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