Why is the United Nations involved?

In June 1997, the then co-prime ministers, Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Samdech Hun Sen, wrote to the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, requesting UN assistance in prosecuting the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. They asked for support because the Cambodian judiciary lacked sufficient resources and expertise to undertake such a complex task, especially given the magnitude of the crimes.

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