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Concern grows over illegal fishing in Tonle Sap lake

The Royal Academy of Cambodia has expressed concern over illegal fishing in Tonle Sap lake. The president of the academy Sok Touch said that fishing was taking place in the protected areas, which is illegal and hundreds of fishermen were involved. ... ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501040745/concern-grows-over-illegal-fishing-in-tonle-sap-lake/

VN border ‘‘largely’ marked

Cambodia and Vietnam have largely completed border demarcation in Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri provinces at locations agreed by the two parties. But disputed areas were left untouched pending France’s assistance, according to border committee officials. ... ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vn-border-largely-marked

PM: Leaders age like wine

Defending the fact that the leadership has remained largely the same in the sixth mandate of the government, Prime Minister Hun Sen said reforms were more about improving job efficiencies. Several analysts have begged to differ, however, saying reforms won’t make much progress under an ...

Meas Sokchea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-leaders-age-wine

US democracy ‘not a good fit for Cambodia’, says academic

Pro-government academic and head of Cambodia’s Royal Academy Sok Touch yesterday continued to voice support for the government’s recent actions against the opposition while dismissing US pressure for Cambodia to maintain democratic principles, claiming the “American democracy” model was not palatable to the “culture and ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-democracy-not-good-fit-cambodia-says-academic

‘Scholar’ spins CNRP dissolution into strengthening of democracy

Just days after the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia’s primary opposition party, government officials and affiliates yesterday gathered to praise the unprecedented move as a strengthening of democracy, even as international organisations and governments around the world have condemned it. ... ...

Soth Koemsoeun
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/scholar-spins-cnrp-dissolution-strengthening-democracy

Sok Touch spins ‘revolt’ theory

University researcher Sok Touch yesterday took the government’s oft-used “colour revolution” narrative one step further by characterising practically every major political development since the 2013 post-election protests as part of one concerted attempt to foment insurrection in the Kingdom. ... ...

Ananth Baliga and Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sok-touch-spins-revolt-theory

Samrin’s hometown technically in Vietnam

National Assembly President Heng Samrin’s native village is, as map lines go, technically inside of Vietnam, the head of Cambodia’s Royal Academy said at a recent press conference. ... ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/samrins-hometown-technically-vietnam

Commune bosses 'need skill upgrade'

Speaking on Monday, Dr Touch pointed to an opposition CNRP policy of eliminating the Ministry of Rural Development and offering $500,000 dollars to commune chiefs to develop their local areas through projects such as road and bridge building. “We need commune chiefs who have studied to ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/38908/commune-bosses--need-skill-upgrade-/

Border demarcation nearly 90 percent complete: report

The demarcation process of the Cambodia-Vietnam border covering three provinces is almost 90 percent done, according to a report on security and social order. ... ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22874/border-demarcation-nearly-90-percent-complete--report/

Researcher says border posts misplaced in Eastern Cambodia

Presenting the initial findings of months of research trips along Cambodia’s eastern border, academic Sok Touch said on Thursday that a stretch of land in Tbong Khmum province had been occupied by Vietnam due to border posts being misplaced during the French colonial era. ...  ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/researcher-says-border-posts-misplaced-in-eastern-cambodia-107536/

Vietnam, Cambodia both violating border

After four months of study, Sok Touch, the head of a research group from the Royal Academy, announced yesterday that both Cambodia and Vietnam are in violation of each other’s borderlines, but was hesitant to release his team’s exact findings to protect the government from ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21053/---vietnam--cambodia-both-violating-border---/

Scholar’s border research underway

Royal Academy of Cambodia scholar Sok Touch said Wednesday that his border research team has started inspecting markers planted along the 1,228-km frontier with Vietnam, visiting six colonial-era posts since last week as part of a process that he says will take two years. ... ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/scholars-border-research-underway-process-to-take-2-years-93787/

Man charged with posting death threat on Facebook

Phang Seiha, who is originally from Prey Veng province, was arrested Saturday in the border town of Poipet, where he was returning to Cambodia from Thailand. ...Authorities say he posted a death threat to Sok Touch, an academic who is tasked with reviewing Cambodia’s border ...

Neou Vannarin
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/man-charged-with-posting-death-threat-on-facebook/2951024.html

Man faces up to two years for threatening Sok Touch’s life

A 27-year-old migrant worker who used his Facebook page to threaten to “shoot the head of Sok Touch,” a prominent scholar recently tasked with researching the Vietnamese border, was provisionally charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday. ... ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/man-faces-up-to-two-years-for-threatening-sok-touchs-life-93588/

Man arrested over threat to kill border researcher

Police from the Interior Ministry’s central security department on Saturday arrested the man who last month threatened to “shoot the head of Sok Touch,” a scholar recruited by the government to research its contentious work demarcating the border with Vietnam, an official said Sunday. ... ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/man-arrested-over-threat-to-kill-border-researcher-93541/

Map researcher threatened

A prominent researcher studying Cambodia’s border with Vietnam said yesterday that he had received numerous threats on Facebook amid the protracted and fiery debate surrounding the disputed frontier. ... ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/map-researcher-threatened

UK doesn’t have requested maps: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Prime Minister Hun Sen informing him that his government does not have copies of a map of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam that Mr. Hun Sen requested from him last month. ... ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/uk-doesnt-have-requested-maps-cameron-92543/

Rector says student was warned against activism

After a Khemerak University student was jailed in Phnom Penh on Saturday over a social media post calling for a “color revolution” in Cambodia, the school’s director Monday claimed that politics had “poisoned” students at his institution. ... ...

Aun Pheap and Anthony Jensen
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rector-says-student-was-warned-against-activism-92373/

Expert warns CPP, CNRP maps cede territory to Vietnam

The head of a research team investigating the demarcation of Cambodia’s borders yesterday called for changes to the Kingdom’s constitution to avoid losing land to Vietnam. ... ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/expert-warns-cpp-cnrp-maps-cede-territory-vietnam

Uni team seeks maps of disputed borderline

A new team of border researchers at the Royal Academy of Cambodia yesterday called for relevant stakeholders to submit maps of the disputed Cambodia-Vietnam border, in what it says is an attempt to ensure no political party uses the thorny issue to its advantage in ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/uni-team-seeks-maps-disputed-borderline

Chea Sim’s death unlikely to upset order inside ruling party

In the wake of Chea Sim’s death, analysts say Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold even more power within his own party, though many agree that the internal politics of the party won’t change all that much. ... ...

Sok Khemara
http://bit.ly/1MH1CWs

Cambodia denies backing Japan's plan to enhance military role

Cambodia vehemently denied that it has supported Japan's plan to enhance its military role, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. "The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to strongly reject the recent publications of Kyodo ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-07/01/c_133451532.htm

Compensation for culled poultry is a catch-22

Since its emergence in the region more than a decade ago, the governments of Southeast Asia have been fighting to contain the human avian influenza virus through surveillance programs, rigorous inspections and widespread culling of infected birds. ... In Cambodia last year, 13 people died of ...

Simon Henderson and Sek Odom
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/compensation-for-culled-poultry-is-a-catch-22-52485/

Cambodia Delays US Military Aid

Cambodia postponed U.S.-backed military assistance programs immediately after the July 28 national election, officials of both countries confirmed Tuesday, in a move that analysts said reflects a strain in relations after years of strengthening military ties. The U.S. has in recent years expanded training and other ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-delays-us-military-assistance-39509/

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