End to struggles for land dispute families

Source: Khmer Times

The families fought the cases for years. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Fifteen families embroiled in a long-running land dispute with Heng Huy Company and another 13 involved in legal battles with sugarcane companies have had their cases resolved by the Ministry of Land Management.

The group of 15 families from Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district will be allowed to stay on their land, while a small area will be ceded to the company. Villagers required to give up some of their plots will be offered between $1,000 and $2,000 each.

Local representative Yi Kunthea said residents agreed to make some concessions to the company in order to end the long-running dispute.

“We agreed to accept the solution and the company provided compensation for the disputed area,” she said. “The ministry’s resolution was acceptable.”

Another two families in Koh Kong and 11 families in Preah Vihear province have also had their disputes with sugarcane companies settled, according to an official announcement on the Ministry of Land Management website.

“We will continue to resolve cases for the people,” the statement said.

Land Management Ministry spokesman Seng Lot declined to comment further, while Heng Huy Company director Heng Huy could not be reached for comment.

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