429 Cambodian Blue Helmet Troops Depart for UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

AKP Phnom Penh, A total of 429 Cambodian blue helmet troops from three different units, of them 43 are women, have left for the UN peacekeeping missions in Mali and South Sudan.

The send-off ceremony was held on Tuesday at the Military Air Base here in Phnom Penh, under the presidency of H.E. Gen. Pol Saroeun, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and Ms. Debora Comini, Representative of UN Coordinator in Cambodia.

H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director-General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), said the Airfield Engineering Unit No. 189 and EOD Unit 123 are bound for Mali, while the Military Police Unit 618 for South Sudan to replace their counterparts.

Since 2006, Cambodia has sent a total of 4,459 troops for the UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Mali, and Cyprus, he added.

H.E. Gen. Pol Saroeun encouraged the Cambodian blue beret troops to do their best to fulfill their respective missions successfully and highlighted the Royal Government of Cambodia's commitment for peace and development in the country, the region and the world.

For her part, Ms. Debora Comini highly appreciated Cambodia's contribution to the world peace.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press