Cambodia’s Hun Sen Says Political Ally Can Develop Untouched Island

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has given permission to a powerful senator from Cambodia’s ruling party to develop a part of Koh Kong Krau Island, with the announcement coming just days after a group of activists were blocked by authorities from demanding the island be kept in its pristine state.

Described by environmental activists as “untouched,” the 103-km square island in Koh Kong province is widely known for its beauty and abundant natural resources, including green forests, white sandy beaches, clean sea water, waterfalls, and plentiful wildlife.

The island’s inhabitants consist mostly of sustainable fishermen who rely on the island’s natural resources to earn a living.

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