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Cambodian laborers for 2004 works kept waiting

PHNOM PENH (AP) – The departure of Cambodian laborers to Greece to work on construction projects for the 2004 Olympics has been postponed because of delays in issuing travel documents, Cambodian officials said yesterday. Hou Vuthy, deputy director of the employment department at Cambodia’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, said half of the 1,200 workers are still waiting for passports. The 600 who have already received passports are still waiting for their Greek visas to be approved, he said. The Cambodian workers are being hired to build an Olympic stadium complex, including a hotel and a highway, officials here say. A Canadian-based construction company, JRN International Corp. is hiring the workers through a Cambodian labor agency, Cambodian Consultant and Associate, for projects in and around Athens, they say. They will work in more than 30 different jobs with monthly salaries ranging from $400 to $1,800, according to Hou Vuthy.