US Donates US$1.8M to K Rouge Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on September 17, 2008

Phnom Penh – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte announced that due to the progress of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the State Department intends to work with Congress to make available an initial contribution of $1.8 million to support the tribunal.  The fund will goes to the UN side

Speaking at the press conference on 16 September 2008 in the Cambodian’s U.S. Embassy before his departure, he expects to be active among donors to the tribunal to ensure that it continues to improve its management and addresses the issue of corruption.This decision to seek funding for the court reflects American commitment to see this process through to its conclusion and to help Cambodians build a society based on the rule of law, he said. However, the U.S. will continue its work to ensure no corruption within the KRT and its management will be addressed.

The question was raised why so far the U.S. decides to fund the tribunal. The Deputy Secretary of State said America like other donors are waiting for measures and the work of the tribunal. For this point, it is time for the U.S. to help the tribunal. This is the initial continuation and the subsequent contribution will come next.
Despite the U.S. contribution of US$1.8 million will goes to the UN side of the KRT, court spokesman Reach Sambath said the tribunal welcomes all contribution made by donors supporting the quest for long-awaited justice.

Cambodian side has strong commitment regarding the good managements of the tribunal, Reach Sambath said, adding that personnel chief last month was transferred and anti-corruption mechanism was formed, by assigning ‘ethnic monitor’. Thus, no vagueness concerning corruption takes place within the tribunal any more.

For the Khmer Rouge tribunal proceedings until the end of 2009, the UN side needs additional US$40 million, while Cambodian side does US$10 million.

So far, Cambodian side has gotten US$5 million contribution, while the UN side has just received a U.S. pledge of US$1.8 million.

John Negroponte said in the press conference of a three-day visit to Cambodia. He constructively and fruitfully met with Cambodian leaders – including Prime Minister Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister Hor Nam Hong in charge of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting produced a positive outcome building more meaningful and better relationship between Cambodia and the U.S.

He also met with Sam Rainsy Party president [Sam Rainsy] and [Human Rights Party president] Kem Sokha. But he did not make any comment to both of them.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea – Vol 16, #4696 – Wednesday, 17 September 2008.


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