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Friday, 8 March, 2002, 09:48 GMT
Envoy still hopes for Cambodian tribunal
The United Nations human rights envoy to Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, has said he hopes the UN can be persuaded to renew its support for a genocide tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge leaders.

The UN unexpectedly withdrew from a planned joint court last month, because it said it could not guarantee fair trials under the terms demanded by Phnom Penh.

Mr Leuprecht, however, said he knew of no country which supported the UN's decision and he had not yet given up hope of delivering justice.

Mr Leuprecht, however, was also critical of the Cambodian judicial system.

Speaking in Phnom Penh, he said there was a serious lack of qualified judges and 200 lawyers was not enough for a country the size of Cambodia.

He suggested numbers could be boosted by higher salaries and a better legal education system.

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