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US hails justice for Khmer Rouge victims

Published on Aug 8, 2014 12:37 AM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry called the verdict, in which two octogenarian leaders of the 1975-1979 regime were handed life sentences, "a historic, if long delayed, step along the path for Cambodia". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Thursday hailed the first-ever sentences against senior figures from Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge and pledged to keep supporting work by the UN-backed tribunal that tried them.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the verdict, in which two octogenarian leaders of the 1975-1979 regime were handed life sentences, "a historic, if long delayed, step along the path for Cambodia".

"Cambodians have received a small measure of justice and a reminder that justice may not be swift, but justice is resolute," Mr Kerry said, in a statement.

Mr Kerry said that the United States would maintain support to the UN-backed special tribunal, which is financed by foreign governments - with Japan by far the largest donor.

 
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