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EU Pledges $1.3 Million For Trials of Khmer Rouge Leaders

The European Commission has pledged $1.3 million to fund a U.N.-backed tribunal for the surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime accused of genocide.

The EU commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner made the announcement Thursday in Brussels during a meeting with the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour.

The United Nations and Cambodia reached agreement last December on a $56 million budget for the three-year trial. Phnom Penh is to contribute $13 million. International donors pledged some $38 million last month.

An estimated two million Cambodians were killed or died of starvation, disease or overwork during the reign of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.