Families To Leave Land Claimed by Company

More than 1,500 families living in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district agreed Friday to resettle on the outskirts of Phnom Penh at the re­quest of a company that claims to own the land they were living on, of­ficials said Thursday.

Commercial real estate firm Sour Srun C Ltd purchased the land be­hind the Russian embassy, where Ton­le Bassac commune’s Village 14 cur­rently sits, from the government in 1992, a company representative said.

“People agreed to leave because they came to live on the land illegally,” said Huy Chour, an assistant to company owner Sour Pheng.

The agreement stipulates that 1,507 families will each receive a 60-square-meter plot in Dangkao district’s Trapeang Krasang commune, Huy Chour said. He said people not entitled to compensation had been claiming a place in the agreement.

“Only a small number of people have made trouble,” he said.

Villager representative Hing Son­vannara said he visited the new lo­cation and felt it was an acceptable spot. “We think the place is suitable for us to make a living. We accept that we were living on other people’s land. I think the offer is ac­ceptable,” he said.

     (Additional reporting by Douglas Gillison)


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