A campaign of demolishing illegal constructions in Angkor will begin in the third week of July

Published on 12 July 2017 02:31 PM Post By ៖ Apsara National Authority

The demolishment of more than 500 illegal constructions in Angkor may begin during the third week of July, 2017. The reshuffle will start from illegal constructions close to the temple and continue to other illegal constructions that are threatening the Angkor heritage.

At a press conference organized by APSARA Authority and the Administration of Siem Reap on July 12, H.E. Dr. Sum Mab, Director General of APSARA, said that the joint working group between APSARA and Siem Reap authority for the implementation of the work has already been set up, so we just wait for the local authorities to have detail plan and carry out the work effectively.

He added that these illegal constructions have the direct and indirect impact on Angkor heritage and that there are no illegal constructions that have been excluded. We try to do everything to safeguard Angkor heritage, avoiding putting Angkor into the List of World Heritage in Danger, or may face removal from the World Heritage List.

Regarding possible protests during the work implementation, H.E. Mr. Ly Samrith, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap, said that '' this work is to preserve our ancestral heritage. If there is a demonstration, what are they doing? To protect the people, who are doing wrong? We hope that local people will understand this and together to protect our heritage. We are ready in case of having any protests; we cannot allow them to obstruct the maintenance of heritage. "But we really do not pray for a confrontation between the police and the local people."












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