The Cambodian government has approved a plan to develop Anlong Veng known as the final stronghold of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot into a national tourist site.

The plan is to help domestic and foreign tourists to better understand crimes under the genocidal regime. Estimated 1.7 million people died of hunger, diseases, being exhausted or killed during the Pol Pot regime from 1975-1979.

Apart from Anlong Veng in northern Cambodia , the Toul Sleng prison or S21 and the Cheung Ek field on the outskirt of Phnom Penh are also showcases of barbarous crimes under the Khmer Rouge regime.

In another vein, donors have adopted a budget worth 85 million USD for activities of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in two years.

At a recent donors meeting for the UN-backed tribunal in New York , donating countries passed a budget worth 42 million USD for 2010 and another 43 million USD for 2011, the local media cited ECCC spokesman Lars Olsen as saying.

The budget plan also required the ECCC to conduct trials on five more Khmer Rouge suspects for charge of genocide, and improve operation of the court./.