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ECCC gets new UN administrator

The UN has a new top administrator at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Knut Rosandhaug will take over for Michelle Lee June 1 as deputy director of administration. He arrived in Cambodia Sunday and has spent the last week meeting staff and undergoing orientation, according to tribunal spokesman Peter Foster.

Rosandhaug, of Norway, has worked the last four years as a director of the UN Mission in Kosovo. In that position, he coordinated all legal, administrative and operational activities for the Kosovo Property Agency and the Kosovo Property Claims Commission.

He has more than 20 years of experience in policy-making, negotiations, program management and law with a focus on human rights and conflict resolution. After graduating from law school at the University of Bergen, Rosandhaug worked as an assistant law professor and took a sabbatical to serve as a legal officer under the Norwegian Defense Command for NATO.

He has also worked at the UN Human Settlements Programme in Kosovo and became a regional coordinator in Belgrade for an intergovernmental organization.

Rosandhaug will have a number of challenges to take on in his new role, including addressing the tribunal's ongoing translation backlog.

"One can only be extremely worried at the sorry state of legal translation, and the translation and interpretation in general, at [the] ECCC," a professional translator wrote in an undated memo to Lee. Some documents are so poorly translated, "the result is abysmal."

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