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The Federal Republic of Germany, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, signed a Letter of Agreement today to provide a further €1.2 Million to the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) – its fourth donation since the VSS was established in 2008.
During the Signing Ceremony of the Letter of Agreement this morning at the ECCC, His Excellency Mr. Horst Triller, Chargé d'Affaires of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Cambodia, expressed his strong support for the work of the ECCC, and announced that Germany will continue to provide financial support to the VSS.
His Excellency Mr. Kranh Tony, Acting Director of Administration, expressed his gratitude and immense appreciation for the friendship and kind support from the people and the government of Germany to the Cambodian victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, who pursue justice, redress their harms, and restore their dignity through their participation in the proceedings of the ECCC.
This financial assistance will be used for project implementation for the period from 2012 to 2013, focusing on: (i) Legal Representation; (ii) Effective Victims’ Participation; and (iii) Information Dissemination.
From the establishment of the ECCC in 2006 until 2011, Germany has provided around €1.9 million directly to the Victims Support Section to improve victims’ participation in the proceedings of the ECCC. In total, Germany has contributed almost €10 million to both sides of the ECCC.