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Hun Sen nixes mine project

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has cancelled a controversial titanium
mine project in the country’s southwest because of environmental
concerns, the government said Friday.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, seen here on April 1, has cancelled a
controversial titanium mine project in the country’s southwest because
of environmental concerns.
The premier announced the ban on the much-criticised project during
a weekly cabinet meeting, the government said in a statement, despite
earlier granting a private company a 20,400-hectare (50,400-acre)
concession for surface mining in the densely forested Cardamom
Mountains.
“Due to concerns about the impact on the environment and
biodiversity as well as the living standards of the people… Hun Sen
has banned the exploitation of a titanium mine in Koh Kong province,”
it said.
Wildlife Alliance, a conservation group that campaigned for months
against the proposed mine, said it was “thrilled” with the decision.
“We were under the impression the battle was lost,” communications officer John Maloy told AFP.
“We are very pleased that the prime minister has weighed the environmental impact.”
He said the mine would have been located “directly in the middle of
an elephant corridor” and a nearby eco-tourism village “stood to be
ruined by the project”.
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