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UK pledges funding for KRT’s international side

UK pledges funding for KRT’s international side

Britain was pledging about $1 million to the international side of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced yesterday.

The injection comes at a welcome time, as funding shortfalls have forced the court to dial back on days in session and have left staffers concerned about job stability.

Because the international budget is covered through February, the £600,000 ($962,000) will go towards the 2013 budget, according to tribunal spokeswoman Yuko Maeda.

“We continue to work closely with existing and new donors to solicit full funding for 2013. The recruitment freeze remains in force until sufficient funding for 2013 has been mobilised,” Maeda said in an email.

The British government has contributed nearly $7 million to the court since it was established in 2006.