More than 180 Cambodian peacekeepers joined the United Nations’ mission in Lebanon on Sunday.
General Sem Sovanny, director general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said during a ceremony yesterday at Phnom Penh International Airport that it was the ninth time that Cambodia has sent its peacekeeping forces to Lebanon.
“This is the 40th time that Cambodia has sent its forces to join the UN missions and it is the 9th time that Cambodia has dispatched its forces to join the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon,” Gen Sovanny said.
All of the soldiers will replace Cambodian blue helmet forces that are wrapping up their one-year missions in that country and they are slated to return home on Tuesday, Gen Sovanny said.
In November 2018, four Cambodian working for the UN were injured in a car bomb attack in northern Mali. The four men included Phin Sarann, a former CMAC staffer working as an interpreter with UNMAS, the UN’s mine-clearing operation, and three others were Hul Sok Heng, Ream Dy and Sam Ratha.
Cambodia is an active participant of UN peacekeeping missions in conflict areas around the world. Since 2006, the Kingdom has sent nearly 6,000 demining specialists, medics, engineers and observers on UN peacekeeping missions.