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Wednesday, 15 April, 1998, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Khmer Rouge move to handover Pol Pot

Reports from Cambodia say Khmer Rouge guerrillas want to hand over their former leader, Pol Pot, to an international tribunal to stand trial for genocide.

The Far Eastern Economic Review magazine says the guerrillas asked one of its correspondents ,Nate Thayer, for advice on the possible handover.

The BBC South-East Asia correspondent says the Khmer Rouge has been weakened by mass defections, and wants to use the release of Pol Pot as a way to negotiate a deal with the Cambodian government to ensure the movement's political future.

During his four-year rule in the late nineteen-seventies, an estimated two million people are believed to have died from torture, hunger and disease.

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