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New Zealand Premier Announces New Pledge during Visit to ECCC

AKP Phnom Penh, November 21, 2012 —

Prime Minister H.E. John Key of New Zealand announced today a new pledge of NZ$200,000 (about more than US$160,000) to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) while visiting the court to gain insight into the work of the tribunal, said an ECCC’s press release.

The premier led an eight-member delegation to the court at the end of his official visit to Cambodia to attend the East Asia Summit, said the press release, stressing that it was the first time the ECCC welcomed a head of government to the court.

The announcement of the new pledge came when the premier held a meeting with Acting Director Tony Kranh and Deputy Director Knut Rosandhaug, it added.

“New Zealand will continue to help the tribunal complete its work prosecuting the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge,” said H.E. John Key.

Following the courtesy meeting, the premier and his delegation met with Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn and Judge Silvia Cartwright from New Zealand and toured the courtroom.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of New Zealand for its continued support to the court,” said Mr. Kranh and Mr. Rosandhaug.

New Zealand has supported the court since 2006 and contributed NZ$1 million so far. The new pledge will bring the total contribution to NZ$1.2 million (nearly US$1 million).

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