Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UN, EU reps meet with officials over land row

UN, EU reps meet with officials over land row

The EU’s ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar (centre), at a Land Management Ministry meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.
The EU’s ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar (centre), at a Land Management Ministry meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

UN, EU reps meet with officials over land row

Officials from several ministries met with representatives of the EU and UN yesterday to update them on their progress resolving land disputes between more than 1,000 families and sugarcane companies, though the EU ambassador remained tight-lipped about his thoughts on the process.

In a press release yesterday, the Ministry of Land Management announced that 209 families locked in land disputes with sugar companies – which span four provinces and include several owned by okhnas Ly Yong Phat and Heng Huy – had accepted offers from the ministry, while officials had thrown out 802 cases and were checking on 352 more.

Since 2009, Europe has granted duty-free access to Cambodian goods under its Everything But Arms programme for least developed countries. Though Europe was once a major purchaser of Cambodian sugar, shipments plunged by 95 percent between 2013 and 2015 amid accusations of land grabbing.

During a brief session with press after the meeting, EU Ambassador George Edgar said the drop was “because of concerns on the part of buyers about exactly the issues that we’ve been here trying to resolve”.

In an email, Edgar added that the meeting was “useful”, but did not respond to questions about whether he found the outcomes satisfactory.

“We hope that the present process can lead to an outcome that is acceptable to all stakeholders, most importantly the affected communities themselves,” he said.

Additional reporting by Daphne Chen

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and