Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An held talks here yesterday with Charge d’affaires a.i. of the British Embassy in Cambodia Ms. Michelle Broadbent.
During the meeting, H.E. Sok An briefed his guest on the current situation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Mr. Ek Tha, Deputy Director of the Press Department of the Council of Ministers, told reporters after the meeting.
The Cambodian DPM said the Khmer Rouge Tribunal would read its decision on the case of two Khmer Rouge ex-leaders: Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in August this year; adding that the officials of the tribunal were fulfilling their significant duties in relation to writing the judgment.
H.E. Sok An also raised the issue of budget shortfall for the ECCC’s national component, saying that the Royal Government of Cambodia has contributed US$2.8 million for the ECCC’s operation in 2014, but from August to December, the national component will meet the budget shortfall of some US$2.1 million.
H.E. Sok An thus requested the British government to continue its financial assistance to the ECCC’s national component for the success of this UN-backed court.
By Ou Sokha