Japan will donate
$2.95 million the Khmer Rouge tribunal, to cover the wages of Cambodian administration staff, the embassy announced Tuesday.
The money will be added to donations by France and Australia, totaling $1.5 million,
which have already made operation of the Cambodian component of the tribunal feasible through the end of
"There are five detained [former Khmer Rouge leaders], and the investigation is
ongoing to find their criminality," said Yoshimatsu Kaori, third secretary
at the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh.
"With this additional assistance, we hope that the process will bring more
justice and equity."
is the largest donor to the tribunal. In 2005, it gave more than $21 million to
the UN side of the hybrid courts, ending an early financial crisis
at the tribunal. That was nearly half of the UN's $43 million estimated for
three years of tribunal operation.
The $3 million comes as the tribunal is submitting a report
on its financial need to donors in New
York. Tribunal administrators submitted a revised
budget to a steering committee of donors Monday, and a full meeting and
presentation is expected Friday.
The revised budget comes to nearly $100 million, reduced
from a figure submitted to donors in January of $114 million.
"We are extremely appreciative of Japan's announcement,"
tribunal spokeswoman Helen Jarvis said by e-mail Wednesday. "This comes at
a very opportune time, as the donors are meeting in New York to consider the court presentation
of its needs in the coming period."