Source : Khmer Times
Forty-two families living in Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune, who claim to have a land dispute with a Sihanoukville Autonomous Port official Chan Kang, have been given land plots by Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities.
Tan Sivorn, a family representative, said yesterday that on Thursday provincial authorities arranged the land distribution.
People were to be given land in the new location by a draw, with each family getting five metres by 20 metres
This followed cordination by provincial authorities to resolve the dispute and asking people to withdraw their complaint from the Land Management Ministry.
“I have more confidence because we had already selected the land through a draw and knew our land’s location,” Ms Sivorn said. “But, now we are waiting for the provincial authorities to select the land, demarcate it and put the posts on the land clearly first.”
“When they finish the work, they will call people to live in that new location,” she added.
Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Yun Min said the distribution of land plots to the 42 families indicated that the land dispute between the people and Mr Chan Kang had finally ended after years of dispute.
Mr Min gave thanks to both parties in the dispute, who agreed to end the dispute on the basis of the winning principles under the coordination of the provincial administration.
He thanked also the land management department for issuing the land title to the people in accordance with the law.
Mr Kang could not be reached for comment.
Representatives of the 42 families gathered in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction in Phnom Penh several times in June to ask the ministry to help resolve the case.
After receiving a resolution from the provincial authorities, residents decided to withdraw the complaint from the Land Management Ministry this month.