Khmer Rouge VIP says he will face genocide tribunal
The top surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge, admitting he made "mistakes," says he is willing to face an international genocide tribunal but denies that millions died during the group's reign of terror.
"I admit that there was a mistake. But I had my ideology. I wanted to free my country. I wanted people to have well-being," Nuon Chea said in an exclusive interviews in Pailin, the movement's former stronghold.
Second-in-command under Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, Nuon Chea claimed that his key error was in not checking up carefully on the work of the regime.
The Khmer Rouge is implicated in the deaths of at least 1.7 million Cambodians from disease, overwork, starvation and execution during its 1975 to 1979 rule. Some estimates place the deaths at more than 2 million, with historians saying the exact toll will probably never be known.
"I didn't use wisdom to find the truth of what was going on, to check who was doing wrong and who was doing right. I accept that error," Nuon Chea, 77, said in the interview on Saturday at his bungalow on the outskirts of Pailin in northwestern Cambodia.
He implied that he himself was not directly involved in the killings.
Wearing sunglasses labeled "Gucci," a black shirt and shorts with a blue-and-white scarf tied around his waist, Nuon Chea said he is willing to face a court to set the historical record straight.
The Cambodian government and UN agreed last June to establish a tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge leaders like Nuon Chea.
During their heyday, when Nuon Chea served as the movement's ideologue and Pol Pot's close comrade, the Khmer Rouge emptied cities, abolished money and closed schools and hospitals in an attempt to create an agrarian utopia.
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"我承認有一個錯誤。 但是我有我的思想意識。 我想要釋放我的國家。 我想要人們有安寧，"Nuon Chea在Pailin，運動的以前的堡壘裡在一次獨家採訪過程中說。
在紅色高棉領導人政客罐下在命令方面第二，Nuon Chea 聲稱他的關鍵錯誤在不在政體的工作上仔細檢查過程中。
"我沒使用智慧找到正發生，檢查誰正做錯誤的的事實和正做得對。 我接受那個錯誤，"Nuon Chea，77，在在西北高棉的Pailin的郊區在他的平房在星期六的訪問說。
穿墨鏡給"Gucci"貼標籤， 一件黑色的襯衫和有一條藍色和白色的圍巾的短褲繞在周遭他的腰， Nuon Chea 說他願意面對一個法庭確定歷史記錄直。
在他們的全盛期， Nuon Chea作為運動的理論家和政客罐的親密的同志， 紅色高棉弄空城市，廢除錢並且關閉學校和醫院試圖建立一個耕地的烏托邦。參考資料： 翻譯軟體