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Clarification

Clarification

In the story titled "UN offers moral support to defiant Koh Pich villagers"

(Post, August 26-September 8, 2005), comments that military police had "cut

off the electricity, seized several of the villagers' boats and threatened to burn

down [his] house" were attributed to local landowner Thol Sokun.

Sokun has since told the Post that he was speaking on behalf of another resident,

Chum Sameun, who was standing nearby at the time of the interview but did not speak

English.

Sokun spoke in the first person and it was not made clear he was speaking on behalf

of Sameun, which led to the misunderstanding. Sokun farms land on Koh Pich, but does

not have a house on the island, and did not make the above accusations against the

military police.

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