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Programs & Events 2010

U.S. Announces an Additional $5 Million in Funding for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

U.S. Embassy, Cambodia March 31, 2010
Ambassador Rapp speaking at podium

Ambassador Rapp noted that the court had made significant progress in the last year and “in light of the continued progress, I am pleased to announce today that United States plans to contribute $5 million to support the court’s operations in 2010."

At a press conference in the U.S. Embassy on the 31st of March Ambassador Stephen Rapp, the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, announced that the U.S. government would be providing additional funding to support the work of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.  In his remarks Ambassador Rapp noted that the court had made significant progress in the last year and “in light of the continued progress, I am pleased to announce today that United States plans to contribute $5 million to support the court’s operations in 2010, pending Congressional approval.  This decision to provide further funding for the court reflects our commitment to see this process through to its conclusion and to help Cambodia build a society based on the rule of law.”  He noted that the contribution brings the total from the U.S. to $6.8 million and that the funds would be going to support the UN side of the tribunal.

Over the past several years the U.S. has long been a strong supporter of efforts to bring to justice senior leaders and those most responsible for atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge Regime.  In his statement Ambassador Rapp also pointed to the fact that many thousands of Cambodians had witnessed the proceedings of the court, and that “the whole world is aware that Cambodia is truly moving forward from a dark period in its history.”  Ambassador Rapp was in country as part of a regional trip which included Thailand.  He has been the U.S. War Crimes Ambassador since November of last year.