France Continues to Support Training of Cambodian UN Peacekeepers

French Republic has reiterated its continuous support for Cambodia, especially in human resource development for the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC).

The commitment, as underlined by local media, was made by outgoing French Advisor to NPMEC Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Brichaux when introducing his successor, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Davout d'Auerstaedt, to H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, NPMEC Director General in Phnom Penh recently.

H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny thanked Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Brichaux for the intention and welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Davout d'Auerstaedt for his role as new French Advisor to the centre.

The NPMEC director general also spoke highly of the continued commitment of France to support his centre � a contribution to productive overseas mission of Cambodian blue helmet troops.

Since 2006, Cambodia has sent over 5,000 troops � 200 of whom are women � for the UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mali and Syria.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press