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Khmer Rouge chief 'will tell all'

The former head of state of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge has told a court trying him for genocide that he is keen to tell all he knows about the 1970s communist regime.

Khieu Samphan told the UN-backed tribunal trying him and three other Khmer Rouge leaders that he did not know all the details of what Pol Pot's government did but would try his best to co-operate with the court in the capital Phnom Penh.

In two books and interviews since he surrendered to the current government in 1998, Khieu Samphan has said he was unaware of and not responsible for the estimated 1.7 million deaths from executions, malnutrition, medical neglect and overwork under the 1975-79 regime.

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