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Land grab resolution near for 300 families

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The last 300 out of 1,000 families who grabbed land illegally at the Kbal Chhay waterfall area in Sihanoukville province will be given social land concessions by August.
 
Provincial Governor Yum Min said on Thursday that in 2016, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a sub-decree for the province to provide social land concessions for more than 100 families living illegally in the area.
 
The decree aimed to keep water in the Kbal Chhay area clean. However, more families moved in and grabbed land illegally. 
 
Mr Min said provincial authorities had provided land measuring five metres by 20 metres to each of 714 families. 
 
He said some families had gone to protest at Mr Hun Sen’s house in Phnom Penh, but the provincial authority urged them to apply to get a social land concession. 
 
“Don’t disturb the Prime Minister, he is very busy with many tasks,” Mr Min said. 
 
“If they do not have land for living on, they must apply via the village chief or commune chief to the provincial authority for social land concessions. 
 
“The provincial authorities will do it for them. They should not protest.” 
 
He said he told families who got land concessions not to sell it, because they would not get land titles until they had lived on it for five years. 
 
“I heard that some families who got it and sold it to businessmen or women caused many problems,” he said.
 
Mom Sokea, 32 , a villager in the Kbal Chhay area, said he and the other 300 or so families had not yet got their land. 
 
“We have been waiting for the provincial authorities for more than five months. They promised to give it to us,” he said.
 
“We hope we will get it soon.” 
 
A villager who got a social land concession, Chhun Chanthong, 43, said: “We had a home on the old land, then we got the social land concession from the authority. But at least the land is legal.”

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