An “unofficial” land concession granted earlier this year to an agro-industry firm that has logged luxury hardwood in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is in violation of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 2012 moratorium on new economic land concessions (ELCs), a government spokesman said Tuesday. Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, said Daun Penh Agrico Co. Ltd.’s new land concession contravenes Mr. Hun Sen’s May 2012 ban on the issuing of new ELCs, which are widely blamed for the country’s rapid deforestation. “It’s unlawful,” Mr. Siphan said. “Everyone involved is subject to the law,” he said, adding
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