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Cambodia rejects Naga's plan for resort near Angkor temples

Ministry cites fear casino operator's project could impact World Heritage Site

The Cambodian government has rejected NagaCorp's plans for a nongambling resort near Angkor Wat. (Photo by Vann Soben)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has rejected a proposal by casino operator NagaCorp to build a resort and theme park near the country's famous Angkorian temples.

The rejection, revealed on Tuesday, is a rare blow for NagaCorp, which proposed plans for the 75-hectare development in Siem Reap Province in November. The Hong Kong-listed company, which runs the NagaWorld complex in Phnom Penh, enjoys exclusive rights to operate gaming facilities in the capital and is generally seen as being on good terms with the government.

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