UN To Provide US$8 Million for ECCC for 2018

A�KP Phnom Penh, The United Nations has approved a financial assistance of US$8 million to support the ECCC's operation in 2018, according to Cambodia's Permanent Representative to the UN H.E. Tuy Ry.

On Dec. 24, 2017, I delivered a statement after the adoption without a vote by the General Assembly of its seventy second session on the Secretary General's request for a subvention to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for 2018, which has approved to provide US$8.00 million for the international components of the ECCC, he said in his Facebook account.

Recently, the European Union (EU) has pledged a budget of 10 million Euro to support the process of the ECCC or the Khmer Rouge Tribunal for the 2018-2019 period.

ECCC was established by an agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and UN on June 6, 2003. It is a special Cambodian court which receives international assistance through the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT).

ECCC's budget proposal for 2018-2019, is about US$46.12 million of which US$24.72 million relates to 2018 and US$21.4 million to 2019. Since the establishment, it has spent US$293 million, of which US$224.3 million on the international component and US$68.7 million on the national side.

The tribunal has so far convicted three leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime � Brother Number 2 and former chief ideologist Nuon Chea, former head of state Khieu Samphan, and former chief of S-21 Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch � and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary died before he could be convicted, and his wife Ieng Thirith, former minister of social affairs in the regime, was found unfit to stand trial due to dementia. She died in August 2015.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press