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The following is the text of a statement of the Principal Donors Group (PDG), a group of key contributing states working with the United Nations to support the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, on today’s verdict in Case 002. The United States is releasing this text in its role as rotating chair of the PDG.
The Principal Donors Group (PDG) welcomes that major progress was made by the issuance of today’s verdict of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Case 002. This verdict found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity. The PDG -- a group of key contributing states working with the United Nations to support the ECCC – notes that this judgment is a landmark in the ECCC’s work, and one that makes a significant contribution to accountability and reconciliation in Cambodia.
The ECCC provides for critical collaboration between international and national staff and is a forum where the voices of the victims of atrocities in Cambodia can be heard. The next phase of Case 002 will cover some of the most significant charges yet heard by the ECCC, including genocide and other grave crimes committed on a national scale.
The PDG commends the support extended to the ECCC by the UN Secretary-General. As we look ahead, the PDG also recommits itself to support the ECCC as it works to advance the principles of justice and accountability for the people of Cambodia and to leave a lasting, durable legacy. Today’s verdict is another step forward in that regard.
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