Inability to Resolve Cambodia’s Land Disputes Tied to Official Complicity: Minister of Interior

Cambodia’s government is unable to resolve the country’s myriad land disputes because many of them involve senior officials, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said in a rare acknowledgement Tuesday, as a rights group urged authorities to take action against all perpetrators of illegal land grabs equally.

Speaking at a conference that included provincial governors and local authorities from across the country, Sar Kheng did not disclose the names of the involved officials but said that at least one of the disputes involved one of Cambodia’s deputy prime ministers.

“They are grabbing land and causing problems [for us] to resolve [the disputes]—they are all senior government officials,” he said, adding that several of the cases were further complicated because residents lacked land titles.

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