Cambodia and UN Host Wreath-laying Ceremony on International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The Cambodia and UN this morning hosted the wreath-laying ceremony on International Day of UN Peacekeepers at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces (PKO).

The ceremony was presided over by Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence and Mr. Jo Scheuer, the UN Resident Coordinator.

Samdech Tea Banh said it has been 17 years since 2006 that Cambodia has participated in UN’s peacekeeping missions in many countries, and the Royal Government remained committed to participating in the missions to contribute to the world peace.

H.E. General Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC) said during the UNTAC peacekeeping operations in Cambodia from 1992 and 1993, more than 15,000 UNTAC troops, 3,000 civilian police and 900 civilian personnel from 45 countries came to fulfill the peacekeeping mission in Cambodia, and 82 UNTAC forces from 27 countries lost their lives.

For Cambodia, in 17 years, it has sent more than 9,000 soldiers to join peacekeeping missions under the UN umbrella in nine countries, while some 900 Cambodian blue beret troops have been currently fulfilling their missions in four countries: South Sudan, Lebanon, Central Africa, and Mali.

Mr. Jo Scheuer said peacekeeping has become increasingly challenging and dangerous. Peacekeepers are targeted by armed groups and terrorists.

“The significant contribution of the Kingdom of Cambodia to UN peacekeeping operations is very much appreciated,” he underlined. “I am truly grateful for the Cambodian men and women who decide to join the blue beret forces. You are now part of the United Nations family”.

During 17 years, Cambodian peacekeepers have had attained various achievements, but 11 have lost their lives

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)