Ministries Embark on One-Month Surveying Blitz in Mondulkiri

Multiple government ministries will undertake a one-month satellite-aided survey of state land in Mondulkiri to register groups of inhabitants, identify illegal encroachment and try to resolve ongoing land-grabbing disputes, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said.

The initiative follows a public announcement from Interior Minister Sar Kheng earlier this month in which he claimed people were rushing to grab land in Mondulkiri province and using his name to do so. Prime Minister Hun Sen also ordered his ministries to issue land titles to people living on state land on July 3.

An indigenous community representative, however, questioned whether the current campaign would be any different from those of years past.

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