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Defence Minister highlights peacekeeping achievements

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Defence Minister General Tea Banh, at the United Nations conference in New York. Supplied

During his trip to the United Nations in New York, Defence Minister General Tea Banh highlighted the achievements of Cambodian troops on peacekeeping missions.

Gen Banh left the Kingdom on Tuesday to attend an annual UN peacekeeping ministerial meeting and will return tomorrow.

During a Saturday UN conference, Gen Banh said Cambodia was once a nation that depended on the UN.

“Just more than 20 years ago, Cambodia used to receive UN peacekeepers to assist in finding peace and safety for Cambodian citizens and each made a priceless sacrifice,” he said, adding that Cambodia today is able to contribute to peacekeeping missions.

Gen Banh said since 2006, Cambodian blue helmets have been deployed to Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Lebanon, Mali, Central African Republic, Syria and Cyprus. He noted that currently, Cambodian peacekeepers are active in the Central African Republic, Lebanon, South Sudan and Mali.

“Despite limited resources available, Cambodia can contribute to peace, stability and humanitarian work at the international level,” Gen Banh said. “For this reason, Cambodia should be given more justice and greater support.”

He added that Cambodia is determined to support “action for peace”, such as strengthening skills of UN peacekeepers before deployment, protecting civilians, and combatting violence and sex trafficking.

Gen Banh said Cambodia would also increase communication with other troop-contributing countries to achieve “common goals of peace and security”.

Full story in Monday’s paper

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