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U.S. on "threshold" of funding decision

The United States is close to deciding whether it will provide funding to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, outgoing ambassador Joseph Mussomeli announced during a press conference Monday.

"The United States government is right now on the threshold of making its decision to directly fund the tribunal," Mussomeli said, according to press reports.

The only snag: a review underway of recent corruption allegations leveled at the court.

"I think in Washington now everyone is very much looking forward to finding funding to help directly assist the tribunal if we can just work this last thing out," he said.

But U.S. Embassy spokesman John Johnson said by email Wednesday there are no guarantees.

"I believe it is too early to say" whether the U.S. will help fund the tribunal, he wrote.

In other news, the UN's financial expert to the court has arrived in Cambodia to meet with donors and ramp up fundraising efforts, according to an article in today's Post. David Tolbert is expected to stay for a week.     

 

 

 

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