Cambodian thousands of cubic meters of illegal logs confiscated: reports

PHNOM PENH, Mar 27, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Following the firm orders from Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, several thousands of cubic meters of illegal logs were confiscated, according to the reports printed Saturday by several local newspapers.
The confiscated logs, possessed by several Cambodian local tycoons and military officials considered illegal because of no paper work or license permitted to stock or transport them, the papers reported.
At least four depots stockpiling logs were found in Siem Reap province since last week, and now the competent authorities continue to hunt for suspected depots in the province as well as other provinces across the nation.
Following the previous orders, Hun Sen reiterated his order on Friday to take tougher actions against those involved in illegal logging.

During the weekly Cabinet meeting on Friday, Hun Sen ordered that all national institutions as well as regional ones to well cooperate and join fights against illegal logging regardless of status or positions in the government or the families of the leaders.
Hun Sen said cracking down illegal logging was just like cracking down the offenders who betray the nation because they destroy the nation.
Cambodia is located in tropical zone and is known as rich in forest, but because the country was fallen into civil war for several decades, many of the forest-covered area--were destroyed and illegal logging remains obvious until now.

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