The European Union (EU) has pledged to provide 10 million euros for funding the Khmer Rouge tribunal from 2017 to 2019.
The promise was made during a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, the acting minister of the Council of Ministers, and George Edgar, the EU’s ambassador to Cambodia, on Tuesday, said Ek Tha, the deputy director of the Press and Quick Reaction Unit.
He said the EU will provide 10 million euros from 2017 to the end of 2019, which will be dived between the national and international sides of the tribunal and to NGOs working on the issue of the Khmer Rouge.
Mr Chhin told Mr Edgar that the Cambodian government has contributed $4 million, or 70 percent of the budget, for 2018, of which the total estimation is $5.8 million, so Mr Bin Chhin has asking the EU to put in in another $1.8 million to the national side.
“The EU will make a decision on this 10 million euro budget on how to share to each side at the second semester of 2018,” Mr Ek Tha quoted Mr Edgar as saying.
Since the establishment of the hybrid court commonly known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, a joint creation by the UN and the Cambodian government, it has cost $293 million, of which $224.3 million was spent on the international component and $68.7 million on the national side. Japan has been the main contributor so far.
Three former Khmer Rouge leaders, Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, who headed S-21, Khieu Samphan, a former head of state and Brother number two, and Nuon Chea were sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes during their reign from 1975-79 which killed at least 1.7 million people.