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National Assembly Ratified Cambodia-UN Agreement on Khmer Rouge Tribunal - 2004-10-04

Cambodian National Assembly on Monday unanimously ratified an agreement with the United Nations to set up a genocide tribunal.

All 107 members of the 123-seat National Assembly who were present on Monday voted to ratify the agreement. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong, who met with the UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan late last month, said the General-Secretary told him to inform the UN as soon as the Cambodian-UN agreement was ratified.

Cambodian Opposition Party president Mr. Sam Rainsy welcomed the ratification but said he hoped the government is genuine in its intention to bring the former Khmer Rouge leader to justice. He urged the government not to use the excuse that it does not have money for the trial.