80 Cambodian Blue Beret Troops Return Home From Mali

Some 80 Cambodian blue beret troops of Airfield Engineering and UXO Destruction Units have recently returned home after successfully fulfilling their UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director-General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), said yesterday that the successful mission reflected Cambodian people's capacity to maintain the country's peace, harmonisation and development.

NPMEC Director General also underlined the support and high appreciation for Cambodian blue beret troops from the international communities and UN officials.

Other troops will come back in late April, according to Mr. Suy Sambath Vichea, Commander of Engineering Unit 981.

Since 2006, Cambodia has sent a total of 3,960 troops - 166 of them are women - for the UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Mali and Cyprus.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press