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KR's Kandal victims honored

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The remains of thousands of victims of one of Cambodia's many killing fields

were relocated to a stupa January 24 and 25. The island of Koh Kor in Kandal

province was the setting for a somber ceremony to dedicate the new stupa at Wat

Chhouk Leap Preah Sihanouk.

Hundreds of villagers lit candles and incense

to commemorate the dead. Kong Prum, 61, said skulls were taken from five mass

graves on the island. He hopes they will remind the younger generation of what

happened.

"I hope to see the Khmer Rouge stand trial in my lifetime,"

said Prum. "Perhaps if there is a trial I will understand why they killed

innocent people."

The Cambodian Government is awaiting a response from UN

legal counsel Hans Corell about negotiations for a tribunal. According to the

Documentation Center of Cambodia some 7,000 people were killed at Koh Kor.

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