New Zealand will give another $200,000 to fund the work of
the Khmer Rouge Tribunal on which former Governor-General
Dame Silvia Cartwright sits.
The funding will take New Zealand's contribution to the
tribunal to $1.2 million since 2006.
Prime Minister John Key made the announcement today during a
visit to the tribunal in Phnom Penh where he has been
attending the East Asia Summit.
The tribunal has not been sitting this week which allowed Mr
Key to take a tour of the courts.
Dame Silvia, a former High Court judge and Governor-General,
met Mr Key at the tribunal today.
She is one of seven international judges appointed to the
tribunal to sit alongside local judges.
It is prosecuting leaders of the Khmer Rouge who ruled the
country from 1975 to 1979 and who were responsible for the
deaths of 1.7 million people through murder, starvation or
being worked to death.
Dame Silvia also attended a function last night with her
husband, Peter Cartwright, for alumni of study scholarships
provided by New Zealand for Cambodians.
Mr Key is leaving Cambodia early this evening for an official
visit to Burma.
- By Audrey Young of the New Zealand Herald in