Cambodia Hosts Minefield Management Course at the ASEAN and Regional Level

Cambodia in cooperation and support from the Governments of France, China and the U.S. has been organising the Minefield Management Course at the ASEAN and Regional Level at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces, Kampong Speu province from Jan. 16 to Feb. 3, 2017.

The opening ceremony took place yesterday under the presidency of Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn and H.E. Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cambodia.

According to Lt. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), said the training course was attended by participants from China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and the host country, Cambodia, while the trainers are from France, China, the U.S. and Cambodia.

On the occasion, there were a show of mine searching by a group of mine detection dogs and a show of Cambodian blue helmet troops to be ready for the upcoming UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

H.E. Prak Sokhonn expressed Cambodia's pride to host for the first time this training course in the framework of UN peacekeeping operations, which reflects international recognition of Cambodian forces' capacity and experience in mine clearance.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press