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Friday, December 15, 2006

K Speu Officials Take Back Land Concessions

By Yun Samean
The Cambodia Daily

Kompong Speu provincial authorities have confiscated 2,581 hectares of land originally granted to 10 companies under government concessions, officials said Wednesday. An order for confiscation, dated Nov 24 and signed by outgoing Kompong Speu Governor Chap Nhalivuth, calls for land in Phnom Sruoch district to be vacated and was issued to companies including Cambodia Golden Land Development Co Ltd, Korean Agriculture Plantation, and Tony Development Co Ltd, Kang Heang, the current governor of Kompong Speu province, said that the land was being confiscated because the companies were cutting down trees and attempting to transfer the land into their own names. SRP lawmaker Yim Sovann said it was good that the land was confiscated, but that the government should now give the land to villagers rather than other private companies. Contact details for the companies named in the land repossession order could not be found Wednesday.

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