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Defence Minister speaks to new army grads

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RCAF soldiers attend their graduation ceremony in Kampong Speu province. Supplied

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officials have a duty to protect and improve security and peace for the nation and its citizens, National Defence Minister General Tea Banh told the military yesterday.

Gen Banh presided over the closing graduation ceremony at Cambodia’s prestigious Army institute, known as the Thmat Pong Military School, in Kampong Speu province’s Oudong district yesterday. He stressed the importance of strengthening the ability of the military so it could fulfil its duties.

“Even though the country now has complete peace, political stability, and is developing in all sectors, the duties of RCAF are necessary to ensure peace, independence, security and public order,” said Gen Banh.

He added that Cambodia continued to send RCAF troops to join UN peacekeeping forces, noting Cambodia’s UN contingent was about 15 percent women.

Gen Banh said RCAF would host a training course on technical mine clearance at the end of March, which would be attended by peacekeeping forces from 13 countries.

“This training course recognises RCAF’s experience in mine clearing for both missions in the country and UN peacekeeping missions,” he said.

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