I would like to remind the international community of the urgent importance of bringing to closure one of history's darkest chapters. The United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia remain actively engaged in efforts to hold the Khmer Rouge senior leaders and those most responsible accountable for their horrific crimes. With the support of the international community, it is my hope that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia will soon deliver long-overdue justice for the people of Cambodia.
Established by a 2001 law [text as amended in 2005, PDF] to investigate and try surviving Khmer Rouge officials, the ECCC currently has five former Khmer Rouge leaders in custody charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for their roles in the Communist regime of the 1970s. To date, no top officials have faced trials.
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