Sunday, January 20, 2008

US mulls funding Khmer Rouge tribunal

The United States has confirmed it will consider contributing funds to Cambodia's tribunal established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders.

State Department spokesman says the department will first review all the facts about the tribunal and its operations, including whether or not it is capable of meeting international standards of justice.

A Cambodian official said earlier that Washington wants an advisory role in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal and would consider helping fund the cash-strapped court if given the post

Already burdened by a multimillion-dollar shortfall when it opened in 2006, the tribunal is set to run out of funds by March without another cash injection from the international community.

Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal was established in July 2006 with a 56 million US dollar budget.

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