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In Review

Apr 30: Reuters reported: Over 65,000 people flew to Cambodia in the first

quarter of this year, up 32 percent on last year's figure, according to the Ministry

of Tourism. The latest ministry statistics show 65,662 people arrived at the airport

by the end of March, including 48,864 people traveling on tourist visas, 15,008 on

business visas and 1,790 on official visas.

Apr 30: Reuters reported: Cambodia's Interior Ministry destroyed 1.5 tonnes

of marijuana, signaling its determination to stamp out production of a crop widely

used by locals to spice meals. The official, speaking at the ministry headquarters

as the crop went up in smoke, said that one Cambodian man had been arrested and could

face at least one year in jail if convicted.

May 1: Reuters reported: General In Sidarei, a high ranking officer and

commander of Military Region Five, was killed in an April 29 ambush as he rode in

an armored personnel carrier through forest north of the Khmer Rouge stronghold of

Pailin. Tea Banh, Co-Defence Minister, said about ten Khmer Rouge guerrillas had

opened fire on the vehicle with rockets and guns before fleeing.

May 5: Reuters reported: Cam-bodia's fast-growing garment industry is plagued

by poor working conditions, abuse of workers and low pay, according to a report by

an independent non-governmental organization. The organization said the report was

prepared after two months studying 13 garment factories and interviewing workers.

It said some employees were making as little as $10 a month. "There is no official

minimum wage in Cambodia. There are no trade unions and no right to bargain. Labour

inspectors reported that they are often barred from entering factories." Women

at one factory referred to the manager as "Pol Pot."

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