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US Envoy To Hold Tribunal Talks

Clint Williamson, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, is scheduled to arrive in Cambodia next week to hold talks with the government on the beleaguered Khmer Rouge tribunal, officials said Thursday.

The Cambodian side of the UN-backed special court is facing a budget crisis, its funding withheld by donors and the UN over lingering allegations of kickbacks and mismanagement.

Three rounds of talks between a UN legal envoy and Deputy Prime Minister Sok An failed to reach an agreement on how the court should handle allegations that Cambodian staff pay substantial kickbacks to senior officials in order to work at the court.

A government spokesman said Williamson would meet with Sok An May 22.