GERMANY is topping up its grants to Cambodia to reflect the worsening problem of
refugees fleeing continued fighting between the Royal Government and the Khmer
The inability of the elected government to bring a lasting peace
to Cambodia has made it all the more important for the international community
to lend its support, said Weghard Haerdtl, permanent secretary of state at
Germany's Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
international community has only one possibility or opportunity if it does not
want to intervene military, and this is something that nobody wants to do," he
said on a visit to Phnom Penh.
The German delegation signed three
agreements, including one to cancel $10 million of debts.
outstanding debts had made it impossible for Germany to disperse new cash
granted as part of the ICORC meetings in Paris and Tokyo.
The other two
agreements offer $35 million in outright grants for financial and technical
cooperation from 1992 and 1993.
"The pledges we made in Tokyo were a bit
less than what the country would now be getting so we have topped up our
contribution (because of refugee problem)," he said.-Reuters