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Army clarifies

The Editor,

I read with interest your front page article "Army land deals cut across budget",

Volume 5, Number 11 of May 31-June 13, 1996. The last two paragraphs ended: "Leng

said there were bigger problems of provincial authorities selling land titles to

soldiers who occupied the land along Route 4. Some block of land had been sold three

times. General staff do not know much land has been lost. 'It is the problem of provincial

governors giving illegal titles,' he said."

That was inconsistent with what I wanted to say. This was because of misunderstanding,

sometimes I did not even understand what [the reporter] was asking about as he was

speaking very fast. Or this was because he shortened the context making it to have

different meaning.

Therefore I request the publisher to make the correction as follows: "Leng went

on to say that it was very difficult in making population census - new and old -

to reserve land (for resettlement) because local authorities refuse to cooperate.

So far, the office of military development of the G5 has no clear idea how many hectares

of land must be reserved, only the local authorites can solve this matter."

This is what I wanted to say. Please, make the correction as requested.
- Chheng Leng,, Deputy Director of Military Development office.



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