The Ministry of Territorial Planning, Urban Planning and Construction has announced that it will take strict measures against illegal constructions in the protected area of Angkor.
This announcement was made during the opening ceremony of a wide-ranging campaign aimed at determining the identity of the occupants of illegal land and constructions in the resort area of Angkor and other areas under the control of the APSARA Authority, held yesterday afternoon. The ceremony was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Chea Sophara, Minister of Territorial Development, Urban Planning and Construction.
A press release from the Ministry of Spatial Planning was issued after the campaign opening ceremony, highlighting the launch of the campaign and the drastic land release action in the protected areas of Angkor and other areas under the management of the Apsara Authority.
The statement stressed that Cambodia has a duty to protect the Angkor site, which is the ancestral heritage, identity and soul of the nation. The statement also points out that the Angkor site, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992, covers an area of 401 square kilometers, an area which is considered public property of the state and must be protected.
The ministry has set strict conditions for the owners of all these illegal constructions to be evicted immediately. Meanwhile, the provincial administration of Siem Reap and the APSARA Authority continue to take measures to prevent the construction of illegal structures.