Government Is Doing Its Part For KR Tribunal
Letter To Editor
The Cambodia Daily
Monday, October 17, 2005
Volume 32, Issue 84
The recent contribution of $1 million from India to the Khmer Rouge trials was extremely welcome and deeply appreciated by the Cambodian Government Task Force, as reported in your article "India Pledges $1 Million for KR Tribunal (Oct 10, page 1).
Regarding the Cambodian government contribution to the Extraordinary Chambers, the article stated: "The government was to cover the remaining $13.3 million, but it announced in March that it could only afford to pay $1.5 million."
This is inaccurate.
In December 2003 the UN technical assistance mission proposed a divided budget, with one part to be sought in multilateral contributions via the UN ($43 million), and the other to be sought by the Cambodian government ($13.3 million).
From the very beginning the Cambodian government clearly indicated that it would be well beyond it’s means to contribute the full amount in the "Cambodian" part, but would be seeking bilateral contributions.
It was by no means reneging on a previous commitment which the Cambodian government launched an appeal for bilateral contributions and pledged to contribute $1.5 million from its own national budget.
In addition to this cash component. Cambodia will also provide $5.2 million in indirect costs--including provision of premises for the court, water, electricity, construction and running of detention facilities, medical care and security arrangements--which are not included in the $13.3 million budget
Cambodia's total contribution of $6.7 million--cash and indirect expenses--represents over 10 percent of the estimated cost of the Khmer Rouge trials and is a substantial amount, certainly well beyond that contributed by the affected state in any other mixed or international criminal tribunal.
Dr Helen Jarvis,
Secretariat of the Task Force,