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Cambodia-US Agreement Signed

Cambodian National Assembly on Wednesday ratified an agreement with the United States exempting each country's citizens from extradition for prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

Eighty-nine members of the National Assembly voted to approve the agreement, whose main intent is to exempt Americans from prosecution by the International Criminal Court, which is based in the Hague, Netherlands.

National Assembly President Norodom Ranariddh said US Ambassador to Cambodia Charles Ray requested to have the agreement done before the end of his term.

Cambodian Deputy Foreign Minister Long Visalo said Cambodia and the US have good cooperation on this matter.

The United States has signed such agreement with other countries around the world mainly to prevent extradition of U.S. troops and other Americans who might face politically-motivated charges.