Disgruntled Lake Families Plea for Donor Help

Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer, Sep. 14 2011

A small group of residents at the Boeung Kak lake development in Phnom Penh submitted a petition to major donor embassies on Wednesday, pleading for further intervention in their ongoing dispute with a developer.

Thirty-four families from two villages in the lakeside area say they have not received land titles as expected under a deal ordered last month by Prime Minister Hun Sen with the developer Shukaku, Inc.

The families said they sent a their petition to the embassies of Australia, the EU, France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US, in hopes of getting plots on 12 hectares of the 133-hectare development.

More than 20 families have said they have not received titles, even though the ruling-party senator who heads the development company has received land.

Tep Vanny, a representative of the residents, said the petition was aimed at drawing international intervention into the 34 cases.Of the seven embassies, the US and French missions confirmed receipt of the petition.

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