Hun Sen seeks tribunal funding

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Prime Minister Hun Sen. Supplied

Funding for the Khmer Rouge tribunal will be on the agenda when Prime Minister Hun Sen meets the UN secretary-general at the Asean summit in the Philippines next week.

Mr Hun Sen will also hold talks with a number of leaders from the region at the summit in Manila, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday.

Addressing a gathering of garment workers yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said he will meet with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres at the event to talk about financing the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

“We will discuss money for the trial of the Khmer Rouge leaders,” he said. “The UN has recognised the country as victims of the Khmer Rouge regime and is actively supporting the tribunal, so we are grateful.”

Tribunal spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the 2018 and 2019 budget for the court is still being considered by potential donor countries.

He said the tribunal needs $11.16 million for two years – $5.79 million for 2018 and $5.37 million for 2019.

Mr Pheaktra said the government will continue contributing to the tribunal at the level as it has done for the past three years, paying operational costs and the first six months of national staff salaries.

“For the remainder of the salaries, the government looks forward to receiving continued support from the UN in efforts to raise funds from other donors in order to secure the full funding,” Mr Pheaktra said.

Since its establishment in 2006, the court has spent $293 million, of which $224.3 million came from international support and $68.7 million from the Cambodian government.

Three former leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been convicted to life imprisonment for the crimes they committed between 1975-79, when 1.7 million people died from execution, starvation, overwork and diseases.

Mr Hun Sen will also use the Asean summit next week to hold talks with Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. 

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