In a statement also released to the Australian Stock Exchange, Southern Gold said it had started 'its first drilling campaign in
Southern Gold and another Australian mining giant, Oxiana Ltd, have taken out adjoining lots in the remote area with both reporting promising pre-drilling exploration findings on gold and base metals. Oxiana already operates the massive Sepon gold mine in neighbouring
Southern Gold - which like Oxiana also mines for base metals, including lead and zinc - said it expected first assay results in early 2008.
Environmentalists have expressed concern as mining companies flock to newly opened Cambodia, concerns the Cambodian government has said are unfounded.
Chinese mining companies are exploring for iron ore in the country's north, and