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DED Funds US$300,000 to CSD to Implement Work Concerning Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on January 31, 2007

Phnom Penh: German Development Service (DED) has given US$300,000 to Center of Social Development (CSD) to conduct national public forums which focus on issues of justice, peace and reconciliation throughout the three-year-long period of the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

The agreement was signed by Ms. Seng Theary, Executive Director of CSD, and Mr. Wolfgang Möllers,   Country Director of DED, on the 17th January at the CSD office.

Ms. Seng Theary said that for the next three years, free public forums will be conducted throughout the country to disseminate information concerning the Khmer Rouge tribunal. The forum, moreover, will prepare in advance what participants will expect from the forum and what the Khmer Rouge tribunal will achieve in adherence with ideas of peace, justice and reconciliation.

She added that in 2007, the activities funded by DED will be operated in Siem Reap, Mondulkiri, Svay Rieng, Kompong Thom, Kep and Battambang province.

She forecasted that the Khmer Rouge trial will be an important element for the reconciliation proceeding, and that the CSD will make it known in its forthcoming public forums. “We will find a safe place for the forums to allow participants who are from the provinces as well as from Phnom Penh to discuss and converse freely,” she affirmed.

Mr. Wolfgang Möllers said that his organization decided to fund CSD because his country which experienced the Nazis regime strongly maintains a policy of reconciliation. The funding was made after he found a partner organization whose vision was consistent with his organization’s policy.

He highlighted, “We mainly focus on reconciliation.”

“Our partner organization CSD will disseminate and promote understanding of the Khmer Rouge tribunal to the people living in provinces, especially in remote areas,” he stressed.

Extracted from: Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4188, Wednesday 18 January 2007   

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