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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER FA20 11 February 2002

KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL SHOULD NOT BE ABANDONED

I regret the decision by the United Nations to cease negotiations with Cambodia on the establishment of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

The Australian Government strongly believes senior Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for serious atrocities committed between the period of 1975 and 1979 should be brought to trial.

Australia has been a strong supporter of the establishment of the Tribunal. The Australian Government has provided assistance to facilitate the process and remains prepared to provide further financial support and possibly legal expertise.

I urge the United Nations to resume negotiations with Camodia to find a way of bridging differences over the structure and modalities of the Tribunal. The overall aim of establishing a credible Tribunal, with United Nations involvement, should not be abandoned.

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