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Consultative council members to present findings today

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Prime Minister Hun Sen leads a Supreme Consultative Council meeting. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Members of the Supreme Consultative Council are expected to gather today to unveil results of fact-finding missions carried out this month, an adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.

Chhim Phal Virun, the adviser, said that each member from various political parties will present their findings, adding that the council will then present a report to Mr Hun Sen.

“The members of the council were encouraged to carry out fact-finding missions on behalf of their parties,” he said. “Some went to different provinces across the country to monitor irregularities, while others went overseas.”

Mr Phal Virun said that 30 council members were given allowances, financed by the council, to carry out their missions.

Cambodian Youth Party leader Pich Sros was seen in the field observing land conflicts in the provinces of Kandal, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk.

Mr Sros said yesterday that he encountered a number of problems during his mission, including intimidation by local authorities.

“I will not stop my mission. I will continue to meet local residents and listen to their problems,” he said. “I am not afraid of intimidation. During the council’s meeting, I will raise the issues of land conflicts and how local authorities were inactive in solving problems.”

Khmer Rise Party leader Sok Sovan Vathana said yesterday that he is producing a report on land reclamation issues on Prek Treng beach in Preah Sihanouk.

Beehive Social Democratic Party president Mam Sonando said yesterday that he hosted a radio programme to open a dialogue with local residents.

“I had a radio programme and I hosted three shows to speak with ordinary people who had no idea about the council,” Mr Sonando said. “We are not the government’s puppets, we are observers.”

King Norodom Sihamoni earlier this month issued a royal decree to legitimise the council, which was initiated by Mr Hun Sen to gather input from political parties that contested the national election in July in order to move the country forward together.

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