A long awaited war crimes tribunal to prosecute surviving members of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime for genocide could start within months.
The announcement was made at the start of a conference to raise funds for the prosecution at the United Nations in New York.
South East Asia correspondent, Peter Lloyd, reports.
“It’s the outcome Cambodia’s government had been hoping for. The war crimes prosecution has a projected budget of more than seventy million dollars. Pledges made so far at the UN conference have guaranteed all but around five and a half million dollars of the cost and optimism is high that the remaining money will be found by the end of the week. Once the budget has been allocated, Cambodian officials say they can move rapidly to prepare for the trials which could last three-years and involve the prosecution of up to ten surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. Up to two million Cambodians were killed or died of starvation during the dictator Pol Pot’s brutal rule of Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.”