Environment Chief Decries Kulen Grant

Cambodia’s top environmental official said he has asked the government to reconsider its decision to grant a development contract at Phnom Ku­len, one of the country’s most sac­red areas.

Minister of Environment Mok Ma­reth said Sunday that the re­quest was sent Thursday by letter to the Council of Ministers, which in June approved the 2,400-hectare concession.

Mok Mareth said he sent Prime Minister Hun Sen, who also approved the deal, a copy of his letter. “He will consider it,” Mok Mareth said. “There’s no problem.”

The contract gave Military Re­gion 4 the right to develop 2,400 hectares inside the 37,500-hec­tare park, which by royal decree is to be protected. An environmental official said last week that the Council of Min­isters may not have realized that the concession was within park boundaries.

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