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Japanese Assistance for the Project to Enhance, Jucidial Process of the ECCC

Posted by khmernews on June 18, 2008

PRESS RELEASE O8ECOOO4
Embassy of Japan June 17, 2008

Japanese OJJA News
Japanese Assistance for the Project to Enhance, Jucidial Process
Of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

In response to the request from the Royal Government of Cambodia. the Government of Japan has decided to contribute USS 2,952,653 (two million nine hundred fifty-two thousand six hundred and fifty-three US dollars) of the counterpart fund of the Japanese Non-Project Grant Aid NPGA 2006 (Japan X) for the purpose of implementing the “Project to Enhance Judicial Process of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia”. This project is aimed at enhancing the work of the Office of Administration, which provides necessary administrative sen’iees to facilitate the judiciary offices and the Chambers.
Japan places a great emphasis on the progress of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. for it believes that this process will promote democracy, the rulte of law and good governance in Cambodia. Japan, therefore, offered US$21,606,150 or half the size of the UN share of the initial budget for the Trials (approx. US$43 million over 3 year period) in 2005.

Japan also agreed, according to the request by the UN, to have the prorated share of the balances of the UN Trust Fund for Cambodia related to the Japanese Government (a sum of US$561 ,090.72) transferred to finance the Cambodian share of the initial budget for the Trials (approx. US$13.3 million for 3 years).

Furthermore, Japan in 2006 approved the disbursement of US$45,000 for the purpose of constructing a initial detention facility in conformity with the international standards, in order to secure smooth and prompt judicial investigation work by the ECCC.

The Government of Japan strongly hopes that the new contribution will help ensure the steady progress of the ECCC.

Kaori Yoshimatsu * Kunthea *
Cultural & Public Affairs
Embassy of Japan
Tel: 023-217-161
Fax: 023-210-384
Mobile: 012-835-429
Web:www.kh.emb-japan.go.jp

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