Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Former KR soldiers moved

Former KR soldiers moved

Former KR soldiers moved

Agroup of demobilized Khmer Rouge soldiers living in a remote part of the Cardomom

Mountains are being relocated after ongoing clashes with WildAid.

Delphin Vann Roe, assistant country director of WildAid, confirmed that the members

of the 31 Brigade and their families are leaving their settlements near Chi Pat in

Koh Kong province.

Koh Kong governor Yuth Phouthang, said the soldiers were being moved to forested

land in military region three along National Highway 4 in Kampong Speu so they would

be "easy to control".

The move began in March with the relocation of two small groups of soldiers, said

San Yan, captain of military police in Botum Sarkor district, which is adjacent to

the soldiers' district. Yan said he believed the entire 31 Brigade, numbering around

210 soldiers, will eventually move out of the area.

Tension between the community and WildAid boiled over on December 15 last year, when

a mob of 28 angry and intoxicated soldiers assaulted a military police captain working

with the NGO and stormed their office demanding the return of 900kg of tree resin

confiscated the previous day.

Residents in the district hub of Andong Toeuk said at the time that WildAid's crackdowns

on resin-collecting, wildlife hunting, small-scale logging and the practice of slash-and-burn

farming were destroying the local economy, which was previously propped up by these

now-illegal activities.

The Cardomon Mountains area in Cambodia's south-west noted for its exceptionally

high biodiversity, being home to many globally threatened species including tigers,

Asian elephants, Asian wild dogs and Siamese crocodiles.

MOST VIEWED

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being

  • EU agrees VN trade deal despite rights concerns

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam, a country described as having a “major rights-abusing government”. This comes amid the 28-nation bloc preparing the procedure for a possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade agreement on