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EU will need more weapons to tackle deforestation in Cambodia

Under Hun Sen, Illegal logging as much about politics as economics

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A deforested area of Botum Sakor National Park in Koh Kong province in 2012: Cambodia's rate of forest destruction is one of the fastest in the world.   © Reuters

Sam Rainsy, a former Cambodian finance minister, is a leading member of the country's opposition movement.

A pending European Union ban on the import of products linked to deforestation will be the first of its kind as well as a welcome step forward in protecting global resources.

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