Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 4 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged citizens not to build houses near any archaeological sites/temples, addressing Tuesday at the 25th Anniversary of Establishment of International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) held in Siem Reap.

“Citizens shall not to violate any lands where our archeological parks and temples are being situated to ensure that we could protect our heritages gifted by our ancestors,” the premier stated.

In order to preserve Cambodia’s temples as world’s heritage, the Royal Government of Cambodia does not have any choices except forcing to move people’s houses. For this reason, the government has been victimized as violating human rights and their rights to housing.

On behalf of the authority, we shall protect our cultural heritages by evacuating people from the archeological parks, the premier underlined.

According to Prime Minister, the government has moved a group of inhabitants from Preah Vihear site to a new place and begin preservation projects at the site to prevent the loss of world’s heritage.

It is worth noting that Cambodia has three cultural properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, including Angkor (1992), Temple of Preah Vihear (2008), and Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura (2017).