Mon, Oct 08, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Cambodian PM’s land title plan controversial

‘HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION’:Critics say that the plan does not address ‘the crux of the problem,’ which is disputed land, while independent observers are silenced

AFP, PHNOM PENH

Subedi also said that the titling project fails to address “the crux of the problem” by avoiding disputed land, and echoed concerns about the deployment of volunteers who often get just two days of training and are confusingly clad in military fatigues.

Cambodian land ministry spokesman Beng Hong Socheat Khemro dismissed Subedi’s comments as having “no value,” saying the students’ role was to prevent future land conflicts and not to solve existing conflicts.

The youngsters are ideally suited to help because they have the skills to operate the satellite navigation system equipment used to measure land and because they are “honest,” he said.

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