Ministers Meet Displaced Families Seeking Return

The heads of four ministries met on Thursday with the representatives of 53 families displaced from their land during the Khmer Rouge regime who want to return to their old village in Mondolkiri province.

The families have requested a permit to live on and farm 277 hectares in Koh Nhek district that is now covered by state forest land, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said.

“We came to the area to meet those families and asked them how they want the government to help,” he said.

Joining Mr. Sakhon on Thursday’s trip were the ministers of urban planning, rural development and environment.

They also visited some of the families, who are now living in Sok San commune, to examine their living conditions.

Mr. Sakhon said Urban Planning Minister Chea Sophara’s staff would collect information from the families and prepare a report and recommendation for review by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“We are now considering, and the four ministers will make a joint report,” he said.

The families have each asked for 5 hectares in the old village.

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