Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cambodia's Hun Sen assumes role of environmental champion

Date:  December 18, 2012
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is claiming to have shunned billions of dollars on the table to exploit titanium ore in the south west of the country in order to preserve the country’s forests.
According to Xhinua, speaking during the inauguration of an automotive electronic parts factory Hun Sen said: “According to a feasibility study, titanium ore deposit in Chhiphat district in Koh Kong province is estimated at USD30 billion, but to exploit the mineral, it is required to destroy about 20,000 hectares of forest.”
He said he had refused an exploitation license in order to protect forest and wildlife habitat and to prevent sea water pollution.

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