More than 200 Cambodian military personnel will replace a previous batch of peacekeepers stationed in the Central African Republic who are due home at the beginning of November.
The new peacekeepers will depart from Cambodia on November 3, while the previous batch is expected to return on November 5.
Kosal Malinda, spokeswoman for Cambodia’s National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance, yesterday said a total of 216 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces will join the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in CAR.
“If the plan doesn’t change, more than 200 peacekeepers will leave Cambodia on November 3,” Ms Malinda said. “If the date changes, there will only be a one or two day delay.”
She noted that the new peacekeepers have already been trained to replace their predecessors who departed one year ago.
“The number of peacekeepers will remain the same. The previous batch will return to Cambodia on November 5,” Ms Malinda said.
Since 2006, Cambodia has sent nearly 5,000 demining specialists, medics, engineers and observers on UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, CAR, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Mali. About 1,000 soldiers have rotated annually.
In May, about 400 Cambodian soldiers joined UN peacekeeping missions in Mali and South Sudan.
Last year, a Cambodian peacekeeper died due to malaria, while in May, four peacekeeping personnel died in the CAR during an attack by Christian insurgents in the southeastern part of the country.
In response, the UN granted $70,000 in compensation to each family of the fallen soldiers.