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Genocide Project Cleared

YALE University's Cambodian Genocide Program (CGP) has been cleared by the US government

of anonymous allegations of financial mismanagement, according to a press release

from the US-based university.

The investigation was undertaken by the US State Department's Office of the Inspector

General after American Congressman Tom Campbell wrote a letter to Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright last May requesting that she examine a complaint from a constituent

whose identity was not disclosed.

"I knew the State Department's investigation would find the allegations to be

unfounded, not only because they were completely untrue, but because Yale has kept

such scrupulous and unassailable records of this important program's operations,"

said Yale's Professor Ben Kiernan in the release.

The CGP, founded and directed by Kiernan, has received grants totaling over $1.5

million from the State Department since 1994 to document the genocide committed by

Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.

Yale Deputy Provost Charles Long deplored the anonomyous allegations made against

Kiernan, calling them "reckless and unfounded".

"It is a credit to Professor Kiernan and his colleagues that they have continued

to advance the program's important goals of documenting the genocide by the Khmer

Rouge regime," Long said.

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