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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Britain pledges another £600,000 to Khmer Rouge tribunal

PHNOM PENH, 18 December 2012 (The Cambodia Herald) - The Khmer Rouge tribunal said Tuesday that Britain had pledged a further £600,000 to the UN-backed court.

A statement said Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement on December 13, saying it would "help secure accountability for some of the most horrific crimes against humanity in ... recent history.

"The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is delivering long awaited justice for millions of Cambodians," he was quoted as saying.

"The scale of the crimes committed and the number of victims makes it one of the most significant tribunals of its kind since Nuremberg."

Since 2006, Britain has contributed $6.95 million to the tribunal ($5.4 million to the international and $1.5 million to the national side). The new pledge brings its contribution to around $7.9 million, the tribunal said.

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