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DATE=5/10/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249164 TITLE=CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE (L-ONLY) BYLINE=JOE COCHRANE DATELINE=PHNOM PENH CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS IT IS HOLDING THE NOTORIOUS EXECUTIONER OF THE KHMER ROUGE 'KILLING FIELDS' REGIME IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. AS JOE COCHRANE REPORTS FROM PHNOM PENH, THE MOVE COMES AS A SENIOR UNITED NATIONS ENVOY ARRIVES FOR TALKS ON SECURING INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION IN TRIALS OF TOP KHMER ROUGE LEADERS. TEXT: THE KHMER ROUGE'S FEARED SECURITY SERVICES CHIEF, KAING KHEK IEV, BETTER KNOW AS 'DUCH', IS IN INTERIOR MINISTRY CUSTODY IN PHNOM PENH. INTERIOR CO-MINISTER, YOU HOCKRY, SAYS DUCH IS A POTENTIAL STAR WITNESS IN THE UPCOMING TRIAL OF REBEL MILITARY CHIEF TA MOK AND POSSIBLY OTHER KHMER ROUGE RING-LEADERS. THE U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL'S SPECIAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE TO CAMBODIA, THOMAS HAMMARBERG, IS IN PHNOM PENH FOR TALKS WITH PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN ABOUT POSSIBLE JOINT UNITED NATIONS/CAMBODIAN TRIALS FOR TA MOK. MR. HAMMARBERG SAYS THE UNITED NATIONS IS NOW WILLING TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT PROSECUTE KHMER ROUGE LEADERS UNDER CAMBODIAN LAW, IF THE PROCESS MEETS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. //HAMMARBERG ACT// THIS WILL BE A MATTER FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE A POSITION ON, BUT I AM WILLING TO DO THE UTMOST TO BE OF ASSISTANCE, IF THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING A SYSTEM FOR THE TRIAL WHICH WOULD MEET ALL THE STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE IN MIND FOR JUSTICE, FAIRNESS AND PROCESS OF LAW. //END ACT// PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN HAS REJECTED AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL ABROAD FOR THE KHMER ROUGE, BUT SAYS HE WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION IN PARLIAMENT ALLOWING FOREIGN JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS TO HELP TRY TA MOK. MR. HAMMARBERG SAYS THAT LEGISLATION WILL ULTIMATELY DETERMINE WHETHER THE U-N PARTICIPATES IN THE PROCESS. //HAMMARBERG ACT// IF THAT'S THE ROUTE THE GOVERNMENT TAKES, THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION MUST BE WHERE THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ARE MET. IT IS WITH THE QUESTION OF WHAT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ARE BEING BROUGHT IN TO BE USED, IT IS WHO ARE THE JUDGES AND THE PROSECUTORS, WHO ARE APPOINTING THE JUDGES AND THE PROSECUTORS, ETC.. //END ACT// HUN SEN AND MR. HAMMARBERG HAVE BOTH NOTICEABLY TAKEN A SOFTER LINE ON THE KHMER ROUGE ISSUE SINCE THEIR LAST MEETING IN MARCH, WHICH ENDED IN FAILURE. THEIR UPCOMING MEETING NEXT WEEK COULD PROVIDE A BREAKTHROUGH THAT WOULD ENSURE AN INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE IN THE TRIALS, WHILE RESPECTING CAMBODIAN SOVEREIGNTY. (SIGNED) NEB/JC/GC/FC/PLM 10-May-99 6:20 AM EDT (1020 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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