Court trying Khmer Rouge needs funding, U.N. official says

Nov. 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A senior United Nations official said Friday funding was required for the tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings in Cambodia.

Financial difficulties are preventing the U.N.-backed tribunal from doing its work, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at a conference in New York for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

"We all agree that there is no impunity for crimes which tear at the very fabric of our common humanity. We have to match our words with actions," he said.

The court is funded by voluntary contributions, and the Cambodian government has pledged to contribute an additional $1.8 million to cover costs through the end of 2013. It was established in 2006 to try senior leaders and those most responsible for crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime, a U.N. statement said.

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