Thursday, July 21, 2005

UN approves Khmer Rouge tribunal location

Phnom Penh (VNA) - The United Nations has approved the newly-constructed military headquarters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh as the venue for the planned Khmer Rouge tribunal, according to the Cambodia Daily.

The decision was made during a recent closed-door meeting in New York between the UN and representatives from countries that are involved in the tribunal, said a diplomat who asked not to be identified.

"The group of Interested States is of the view that the UN should accept the premises offered by the Royal Cambodian Government at the Royal Armed Forces High Command headquarters" for the tribunal, the diplomat quoted the meeting's minutes as saying.

The meeting ended with the representatives agreeing to notify the Cambodian government of the decision. Originally, the tribunal was to have been held at two sites in Phnom Penh, namely Chaktomuk Theatre and the National Cultural Centre. But the government said using the military headquarters will save money and simplify the logistical requirements.-Enditem

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