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Koh Kong evictees meet with sugar firm

Koh Kong evictees meet with sugar firm

Two hundred families who were allegedly evicted from their land in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district in 2006 by Cambodian People’s Party senator Ly Yong Phat’s LYP Group yesterday met with company representatives to demand compensation.

Villager representative Kong Song said no resolution could be found during the three-hour meeting yesterday morning with LYP Group representative Ky Mun.

“The company is saying it has reached a resolution with all the families except nine, but this is not true. We have not gotten any compensation for the 1,300 hectares taken from us,” Song said.

Ky Mun could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Another villager, An Hay Ya, told the Post the group had filed a complaint with Am-erican Sugar Refining, a US company that the LYP Group supplies.

 “We are fed up with this, so we decided to forward this problem to [American Sugar Refining],” he said.

In 2006, together with Thai sugar company Khon Kaen  and Taiwanese food manufacturer Ve Wong, the LYP Group applied for, and received, economic land concessions that villagers in Sre Ambel are alleging forced them off their land. ​

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY DANSON CHEONG

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