The Khmer Rouge tribunal received no immediate pledge from
donors Friday, following a presentation of a reduced budget for operations over
the next two years.
Tribunal officials reduced a budget request to $50 million
in supplemental funds, to continue operations through 2009, a tribunal official
said in New York
following meetings there Friday.
The new budget proposal, lowered from a $114 million request
in January, seeks $10 million for the Cambodian side of the hybrid courts
and $40 million for the UN side, said Sean Visoth, administration director for
International donors have been reluctant to fund a tribunal
that doesn't meet international standards, and the Khmer Rouge tribunal has
been clouded with accusations of mismanagement.
Friday's meetings were led by Warren Sach, UN Controller and
assistant to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Donors are expected to meet in