On August 20, 2012 ten of Prey Lang Network representatives from Kampong Thom’s Sandan District, are invited to join a meeting with Kampong Thom provincial deputy governor Uth Sam An, Sandan District governor Sim Vanna, Sandan district Forestry Administration Tan Phanny, Dang Kambith Commune Chief Chhoy Mab, Sandan Commune Council member Poung Lay, and Meanrith Commune Chief Chhim Khon.
The objective of the meeting is to inform Prey Lang Network to cooperate with authorities to crack down on the illegal logging so that they do not speak with Radio Free Asia about the absence of cooperation of the authorities. Mr. Uth Sam An acknowledged that the illegal logging and forest clearance for farming is certainly happening inside Prey Lang area, so he requested that the network cooperates with local authorities and informs back and forth.
Prey Lang Network said the network is not happy with the cooperation, but the network has rights to express their opinions through media so that they get assisted in case that the authorities and forestry administration refuse to help.
We, the network, understood that the authorities are not responsible for the evidence we collected while we were being on patrol on 13-15 August. The network planned to submit the complaint to relevant authorities to seek the criminals and relevant stakeholders. Please be noticed that the authorities promised that they will plant the border markers with C.R.C.K to be expected and participated by experts and the network. Secondly, the authorities will join the patrol with the network.
More information, please contact Hoeun Sopheap at 012 35 60 43 ; Ms. Mao Chanthoeun 077 964639 ; Minh Ny 097 8839093