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Premature conclusion for UNDP report

I wish to clarify the quote attributed to me in 01-14 June 2007 edition of your publication.

During an interview I was asked why the international community decided to get involved

in the ECCC, knowing Cambodia's reputation of corruption and judicial weaknesses.

I responded by saying that after long negotiations, the international community had

decided to take a leap of faith and trust that ECCC would be able to rise to international

standards and live up to its name as an Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia.

The article appeared to use my comments in support of suspicions raised by Brad Adams

from HRW and some anonymous sources regarding the recently completed UNDP audit of

the ECCC. The contents of UNDP audit have yet to be released beyond the UNDP offices

and the Director of Administration of the ECCC.

It is therefore impossible to draw any conclusions on its findings and premature

to make any comments about what the report might or might not contain.

Only time will tell if our leap of faith has been justified, but there are checks

and balances built into this system which give us confidence that the ECCC will be

able to achieve its goal, and meet the highest standards possible. The people of

Cambodia deserve nothing less.

Peter Foster - UNAKRT spokeperson

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