Joint Statement by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and UN Special Expert David Scheffer

Joint Statement
His Excellency Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers and
Chairman of the Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials
U.N. Secretary-General's Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the
Khmer Rouge Trials, Ambassador David Scheffer

27 April 2016

Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Sok An and Ambassador David Scheffer met on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, and held productive discussions on current developments in the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Both parties welcomed the progress by the ECCC in all cases.

They looked forward to the forthcoming delivery of the appeal judgment in Case 002/01, which will mark another significant milestone in the work of the ECCC. They also noted good progress in the ongoing trial proceedings in Case 002/02, including a substantive number of completed testimonies by witnesses as well as civil parties. The parties noted the progress made by the Co-Investigating Judges in the remaining cases.

The parties expressed their appreciation for the financial support already delivered this year to the ECCC by major donors and the stability that such contributions provide for the operations of the court. They recognized, however, the continuing need to attract additional funding for the national and international components of the ECCC's budget for 2016 as well as 2017. They discussed joint initiatives by which to seek such funding among prospective and existing donor nations.

The parties also welcomed the establishment by the Royal Government of Cambodia of the Legal Documentation Centre relating to the work of the ECCC and the continued preparation and installation of ICT infrastructure in order to ensure a fully functional facility.
Date issued: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016