Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ban calls for donors to support KR tribunal

Ban calls for donors to support KR tribunal

Ban calls for donors to support KR tribunal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked UN member states on Tuesday to provide donations to the Khmer Rouge tribunal during a conference at which donors reportedly pledged roughly US$17 million in new funding, short of the money required for the court’s 2010 budget.

UN court spokesman Lars Olsen said Wednesday that the hybrid tribunal had received $13.5 million for its international side and $3.4 million for its national side during the day-long pledging conference in New York. Dim Sovannarom, a press officer for the court, said the new donations had come from Japan, Australia and Germany.

“Without such support, the [tribunal] cannot function. It is as simple and stark as that,” Ban said at the conference.

For 2010, Ban added, “the international component [of the tribunal] faces a shortfall of $14.6 million, and the national component a shortfall of at least $6.5 million”. It was not clear on Wednesday whether those figures reflected the new pledges announced at the conference, Olsen said.

Court spokesman Reach Sambath said last week that the tribunal’s 290 national staff members would not be receiving their salaries this month after receiving halved salaries in April due to budgetary concerns.

Ban said the tribunal “urgently” needs funding, and called on donors to come forward with pledges either during the conference or in the months to come.

“Given the pressing need and the importance of this work, I appeal to you to maintain and increase your support,” Ban said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY NETH PHEAKTRA

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said