UN welcomes approval of draft law on Cambodian trials

7 August 2001

The United Nations today welcomed Cambodia's approval of a law to set up a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity.

UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said the world body looked forward to receiving an official translation of the law for analysis once it was approved by the King, thereby finalizing the legislative process. Cambodia's Constitutional Council had approved the draft law earlier Tuesday.

Mr. Eckhard added that, as had been emphasized in the past, the UN's participation in assisting the tribunal depended on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between it and the Government of Cambodia, with which the legislation must conform.


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