Cambodia has no control over Cambodian-flagged ships complicit in illegal activities on the high seas as the government sold the authority to register ocean-going vessels, under Cambodia’s national flag, to a company in South Korea for $6 million, a Council of Ministers official claimed Thursday. On Tuesday, the European Commission (E.C.) announced that it would impose a ban on all seafood imports from Cambodia—the first such ban in the history of the European Union (E.U.)—as Cambodia had failed to address any of the issues raised by the E.U. over illegal fishing operations by vessels flying the Cambodian flag.
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