UN vows Khmer Rouge trial aid
Cambodia and the United Nations have vowed to find more funds to support the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, according to the Council of Ministers.
Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, who is also acting minister for the Office of the Council of Ministers, met with UN special expert David Scheffer at the Council of Ministers on Friday afternoon, where they discussed trial funding and the relationship between the UN and Cambodia.
Ek Tha, the deputy director of press for the Office of the Council of Ministers, said both sides had pledged to work together on achieving the aims of the ECCC.
Mr. Tha said the officials also praised and highlighted many achievements of former Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, who was chairman of the Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trial until his death earlier this month. “They agreed to continue the great legacy left behind by Samdech Panha Vibol Sok An – especially his work in the ECCC.”
Mr. Sok An had spent years negotiating with the United Nations to form the hybrid court to prosecute senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge.
Following Mr. Sok An’s death, Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed Mr. Chinn to be acting minister at the helm of the Council of Ministers.
During a cabinet meeting on Friday morning, Mr. Hun Sen reaffirmed that Mr. Chhin would not be taking over Mr. Sok An’s entire portfolio, as was incorrectly announced by Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan last week.
“Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin will handle the Khmer Rouge tribunal as well as the land dispute resolution authority he is currently in charge of,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
“Budget was previously channeled through the Office of the Council of Ministers, but will now go through the concerned minister instead.”
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