Germany Gives More to Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Posted by khmernews on November 7, 2006
By Lee Berthiaume
Germany pushed the Khmer Rouge tribunal closer to commencement on Monday with the announcement of an additional $1.9 million contribution toward the trial’s $56.3-million budget, an embassy official said
Monday. German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul was the driving force behind the new contribution, said Theo Kidess, the German embassy’s deputy head of mission. “It was a personal decision to do that after a visit to Germany by [Deputy Prime Minister] Sok An at the end of last year,” Kidess said. The money, which follows $1 million pledged earlier this year, will be used to cover the UN’s portion of the trial’s budget. According to an agreement between the UN and Cambodia, $43 million will be provided by the international community for the tribunal with the government covering the remaining $13.3 million. Germany’s latest contribution will raise the international community’s total contribution to $41.8 million. The Cambodian government announced in March it could only afford to pay $1.5 million for the tribunal, and there are still questions as to whether the government will be able to use Japanese bilateral aid to pay for its $11.8 million portion.
The Cambodia Daily Tuesday, June 28, 2005