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UN, Senior Official Expect Tribunal Talks

High-level discussions over the Khmer Rouge tribunal are expected to take place next week, a government spokesman said Thursday.

A UN representative is expected to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Sok An Dec. 9, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said, as a tribunal moves forward amid corruption allegations.

Phay Siphan would not elaborate details of the meeting, but the scheduling comes after faltering plans between Sok An and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen.

The Khmer Rouge tribunal is preparing for its first trial, against jailed prison chief Duch, which is expected early next year, but the courts have also been hampered by allegations from Cambodian staff that they paid kickbacks to other officials.