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Villagers ask for help in land disputes

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
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Villagers in Preah Vihear province locked in land disputes with five economic land concessions belonging to sugar cane firms have urged provincial authorities to resolve their conflicts.

A report from the Ministry of Land Management released on Friday said 63 disputes in Tbeng Meanchey, Chhaeb, and Chey Sen districts had been settled so far.

Kroeun Vong, a villager representative in Chey Sen district, said ministry officials solved some cases by giving one hectare per family.

However, he urged authorities to settle other cases quickly while the sugar cane companies continue their activities on the disputed land.

“We would like the ministry to settle all disputes and to help the farmers because we only rely on land to survive,” Mr Vong said.

The five companies are Rui Feng, Lan Feng, Heng You, Heng Rui and Heng Nong.

Ministry of Land Management spokesman Seng Lot could not be reached for comment yesterday, but Minister Chea Sophara previously stated that the ministry’s working group will resolve all disputes with transparency.

Since August, the working groups – including the ministries of Land Management, Environment, Agriculture, and Commerce – have resolved more than 540 cases for families in Koh Kong, Preah Vihear and Kampong Speu provinces who had been locked in disputes for years.

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