Cambodia and UN sign deal on genocide trial

Cambodia and the United Nations signed an agreement today to hold a genocide trial for former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule claimed about 1.7 million lives.

Cambodia and the United Nations signed an agreement today to hold a genocide trial for former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule claimed about 1.7 million lives.

Sok An, Cambodia’s chief negotiator for the pact, and Hans Corell, the UN deputy secretary-general for legal affairs, signed the document at Chaktomouk conference hall in Phnom Penh, which the government has set as the venue for the internationally-assisted tribunal.

The agreement must still be ratified by Cambodia’s legislature, and Corell and others have warned it may still be a long time until any trials, with joint teams of Cambodian and international prosecutors and judges, are actually convened.

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