Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung at a meeting
with key officials of the Dong Tam Commune in My Duc District on April 20th.
He expressed his wish to talk to local residents regarding a recent land dispute. Photo: VNS


The announcement was issued on April 20th by the chairman of the Hanoi’s People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung at a dialogue with 100 representatives from Dong Tam Commune.

The dialogue was an opportunity for the city leader and local representatives to exchange views and try to understand each other as they seek common ground on this sensitive land issue.

However, for many reasons, including the fact that it was late in the day and the commune is 22km away from the city centre, the dialogue did not iron out all the problems as expected. Chairman Chung said he would continue to hold talks with local residents today or tomorrow.

Also present at the meeting were representatives from the National Assembly’s Ombudsman Committee, the Government Inspectorate, the Ministry of Public Security, the My Duc District authorities and the media.

Chairman Chung promised to focus on solving the problems as quickly as possible. He said the city had asked Viettel Telecom Corporation to stop construction, as well as other activities, to facilitate the inspection work. Inspections will be conducted seriously focussing on reviewing all issues, including past offenses, and strictly punish individuals and organisations for violations, according to Chung.           

Chung also urged residents to promptly remove piles of sand, bricks and others construction materials at the exits and entrances to Hoành and Dong Tam communes, and avoid damaging social security and order.

The city leader recognised that in the past days, local people have not behaved too badly to 38 officers and soldiers they held hostage, 15 of whom have so far been released.

Responding to questions by reporters, Vice Chairman of Dong Tam Commune People’s Committee, Pham Hong Sy, said this was a serious incident affecting local activities.

People are now aware that the Dong Xanh area is agricultural land belonging and they deserve compensation, said Sy.

Therefore, local people all have a common desire for the city authority to intervene to clarify who is right and who is wrong.

The commune is trying to convince residents to free all of the remaining hostages./.