Cambodia's Khmer Rouge court wins loan to pay staff
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The United Nations said on Wednesday that it had secured a loan to pay Cambodian employees at the Khmer Rouge war crimes court who are striking over unpaid wages.
The UN-backed tribunal's 250 local workers, including judges and prosecutors, have not been paid since June because of a cash shortage. Most of them have been on strike since September 1.
UN spokesman Lars Olsen said in an emailed statement that the world body had successfully worked with major donors to secure their authorisation to make a further loan to the Cambodian side of the court for "the payment of arrears of national salaries".
Olsen said the loan to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) was being made on a strictly reimbursable basis.