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France Pledges Funds for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Tribunals

France says it will pledge at least $1.3 million to help Cambodia and the United Nations put former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime on trial for genocide.

France's minister for cooperation and development, Xavier Darcos, announced the contribution Friday during a visit to Phnom Penh.

Cambodian and U.N. officials agreed last week to spend $56 million on the tribunals. The two sides reached a deal in 2003 to set up the tribunals.

Under Khmer Rouge rule from 1975 to 1979, nearly two million Cambodians were killed or died of starvation, disease or overwork. Many Khmer Rouge leaders are still alive, but aging.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.