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PM Advises Authorities To Be Flexible Over Tonle Sap Issue

MGO News 05-27

Phnom Penh - Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has advised competent authorities to be flexible over the Tonle Sap Lake issue.

In his special statement on the Tonle Sap Lake broadcasted live on the National Television of Cambodia (TVK) this morning, the Premier ordered relevant ministries and institutions and authorities of provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap to examine each geographical area and to cut, if needed, some areas from Zone 2 to 1 or from Zone 3 to 2, allowing local people to continue to live and do their cultivations permanently because some people have lived there before the zoning of Tonle Sap.

Tonle Sap area has been divided into three zones – Zone 1 for residential area, Zone 2 is between Zones 1 and 3, and Zone 3 is protected area. The measure concerned those who have lived in the said areas for long time, around 10 years at least, he underlined, calling on people to stop land encroachment.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also urged for area modification, sub-decree amendment and border post relocation of the three zones. He thus commissioned H.E. Chea Sophara, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to work on this matter with concerned ministries and institutions, particularly the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology and the Tonle Sap Authority, and local authorities.

Moreover, he asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to cooperate with the provinces bordering Tonle Sap in the lake rehabilitation to ensure fish abundance.

The above recommendations must be carried out as soon as possible without delay, stressed Samdech Techo Prime Minister. The provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake include Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, Pursat, and Banteay Meanchey.

_ AKP / Nika

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