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Sok An in talks with Swedes on KR tribunal

Cambodia's chief Khmer Rouge tribunal negotiator, Sok An, headed to Sweden April

21 for talks with the Swedish government about the stalled KR tribunal. A close aide,

Sean Visoth, told reporters Sok An was scheduled to have bilateral discussions on

the issue.

Sok An's visit came after a meeting with European Union diplomats April 18, at which

he laid out the government's position.

"We have no schedule to invite the UN [to come back to resume negotiations],

but I am still optimistic," Sok An said, stressing the meeting had not involved

the EU becoming involved in a future trial. He said the EU supported the government's


The UN quit KR tribunal discussions in early February citing a lack of international

standards of justice.

In his speech given at the truth and reconciliation conference in Sweden held April

23-24, the director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, Youk Chhang, blamed

both sides for the current impasse.

"Both the United Nations and the Cambodian government are abrogating their responsibility

to us, the victims, and also to the perpetrators. They are failing is. They are failing

the truth," he said.



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