Germany donates EUR 1.5m to Khmer Rouge trial

28th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2005, PHNOM PENH - Germany has agreed to donate an additional EUR 1.5 million to the U.N. side of the proposed trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, but has ruled out any further financial assistance, an embassy official said on Tuesday.

28 June 2005

PHNOM PENH - Germany has agreed to donate an additional EUR 1.5 million to the U.N. side of the proposed trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, but has ruled out any further financial assistance, an embassy official said on Tuesday.

The deputy head of mission for the German Embassy in Cambodia, Theo Kidders, said the additional funds brought the total funding for the proposed tribunal from Germany to around USD 2.9 million (EUR 2.4 million), but ruled out further bilateral donations.

"That is our contribution. We will leave it there," Kidders told Deutsche Presse-Agentur by telephone.

"We definitely hope that this and contributions from other donors will result in a trial earlier rather than later, although there is still a shortfall on the Cambodian side."

Although up to two million Cambodians died during the Khmer Rouge regime period of disease, starvation, torture and execution, surviving former leaders largely still live freely in the community and none have faced international standard justice.

Kidders absolutely ruled out any help from Germany after Cambodia appealed to donors to provide funding to help it meet its budgetary shortfall for the trial.

"That was a deal between the U.N. and the Cambodian government and I think it is their (Cambodia's) job to raise [the money]," he said.

It is unclear whether Japan, so far the largest international contributor towards a trial, will come to the aid of the Cambodian government regarding bilateral aid.

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