EU Presidency Statement on the start of the first trial at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
This hearing represents the realization of significant efforts to establish a fair and independent tribunal to try those most responsible for the serious crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime.
The Presidency of the European Union particularly welcomes the recognition of civil parties at the trial, providing a direct voice to the victims of atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. This will play an important role in helping Cambodians to understand and come to terms with their past.
The EU collectively has been a major contributor to the costs of the Court. The EU will continue to work with the Royal Government of Cambodia and the UN to ensure transparent justice and to promote peace and stability in Cambodia.