Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the United Nations to pay special attention to protecting the security of Cambodian troops on peacekeeping missions.
Mr Hun Sen made the plea yesterday as he met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Manila.
State-run TVK television reporters who observed the meeting said Mr Hun Sen reaffirmed Cambodia’s commitment to supporting international peacekeeping missions.
He said the country would not withdraw its troops from missions, despite recent deaths among forces.
“Cambodia always pays attention to training its forces properly before leaving to fulfil their missions,” he said.
In May, four Cambodian peacekeepers were killed in a night-time attack by a Christian anti-Balaka rebel group in the southeast of the Central African Republic. Last month, the UN gave $70,000 compensation to each family of the fallen officers.
Since 2006, Cambodia has sent more than 4,769 troops on UN peacekeeping missions as demining specialists, military medics, military engineers, in construction teams and as observers in eight countries – Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, the Central African Republic, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Mali.
About 1,000 soldiers are rotated every year.
This makes Cambodia the third largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions in Asean.