Cambodian and United Nations officials say they will open offices next month to prepare for the trial of the country's former Khmer Rouge leaders.

The United Nations coordinator for the trials, Michelle Lee, is in Phnom Penh for her first meetings with Cambodian officials.

She met Friday with Sean Visoth, Cambodia's top tribunal administrator.

U.N. officials in New York have been screening candidates for the international judges and prosecutors who will work with their Cambodian counterparts to conduct the trials.

The United Nations has agreed to help Cambodia set up and fund the court to prosecute former officials of the Khmer Rouge era.

As many as two million Cambodians died from starvation, overwork and execution from 1975 to 1979 when the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, controlled the country.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.