Prey Lang Network & Supporters Appeal to Embassies
August 23, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized
On August 19, Prey Lang Network members and representatives from other networks around the country, submitted petitions to 16 embassies and international organizations in Phnom Penh, urging them to take action to stop the destruction of Prey Lang and other important natural resources around the country.
The petition was received by embassies of the US, China, the UK, Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and Indonesia, along with the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the UN, and the European Union. Only the Vietnamese Embassy declined the petition, even after an hour of trying to persuade them to do so. Network representatives told reporters that they were disappointed that Vietnam did not receive the petition since many of the companies operating in the forest are Vietnamese.
According to various news reports, a US Embassy spokesperson said that the US is monitoring the situation of Prey Lang.