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Lawmakers summon agriculture minister

Lawmakers summon agriculture minister

The National Assembly’s Commission on Human Rights, Complaints and Investigation has asked to meet Agriculture Minister Ouk Rabun next Monday to discuss how to solve several ongoing land disputes.

Eng Chhay Eang, an opposition lawmaker and chair of the commission, said that its investigations found that local authorities had often properly failed to implement central government decisions regarding the disputes.

In his letter sent to the minister asking for a meeting next Monday, Eang says he wants to discuss disputes in areas including Phnom Penh’s Prek Leap commune, Tbong Khmum province’s Memot district, Preah Vihear’s Tbeng Meanchey district, and in Koh Kong and Kratie provinces.

Rabun could not be reached, but Lor Rasmey, the ministry’s secretary-general, confirmed the letter had been received. He said the minister would soon inform the commission if he will accept the meeting.

Separately yesterday, Eang met with Koh Kong province residents embroiled in a longstanding dispute with Chinese resort builder Union Development Group. The villagers claim that the company has ignored government directives to postpone land clearing and continues to demolish and burn down their homes.

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