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U.S. welcomes arrest of ex-Khmer Rouge leaders.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 Kyodo

The United States on Monday welcomed the recent arrest of Khieu Samphan and other former Khmer Rouge leaders by Cambodia's U.N.-backed genocide tribunal.

''The U.S. strongly supports bringing to justice senior leaders responsible for the atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge regime,'' the State Department said in a statement.

''The three recent arrests...are welcome steps for the tribunal, and we await the outcome of the proceedings with great interest,'' the statement said.

Police and officials of a U.N.-backed genocide tribunal took Khieu Samphan, the nominal head of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the late 1970s, to the tribunal's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Monday to face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Khieu Samphan is the last of five suspects identified earlier by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia set up to bring former Khmer Rouge leaders to justice for crimes committed during the 1975-1979 genocide in which at least 1.7 million Cambodians died.

Former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and his wife were also arrested last week for crimes against humanity during the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
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Date:Nov 24, 2007
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