The family of a Cambodian peacekeeper who died of malaria in 2015 at Mali while on a UN peacekeeping mission has received $70000 in compensation from United Nations.
Speaking in the handover ceremony, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said that the late compensation to Second Lieutenant Suon Sambo is because of technical error related to a discrepancy of dead body inspection report.
He added that Cambodia’s hospital confirmed that the dead caused by malaria, but the report from the hospital in Senagal denied.
Mr. Sokhonn pointed out that Cambodia requested UN to review this case again, and the government did an effort to demand compensation for the family. Finally, the UN recognized Mr. Sambo’s death and decided pay compensation in December last year.
Mr. Sokhonn and UN official express their deep condolences to the family of the peacekeeper.
Representative of UN System in Cambodia Hbert Staberhofer said that Mr. Sambo was held in high regard by all his fellow peacekeepers and senior officers.
“Money cannot bring back a loved one but we hope it will help to ease the financial burden,” he said.
According to the report of General Sem Sovanny, director-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, the delay of compensation is because of technical problems.
He added that 5,486 Cambodian troops have been deployed on peacekeeping missions since 2006 in eight countries – Chad, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, North Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Cyprus and Mali.
Currently, there are 813 peacekeepers who are on the mission in Sudan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Central Africa and Mali.
Mr. Sovanny said that since 2014, there are 9 peacekeepers who were killed and died, and 11 injured during UN mission because of disease, natural disaster, explosive and armed attack.