Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday reminded the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces to be combat-ready to protect the Kingdom’s sovereignty from threats.
In a Facebook post, Gen Banh urged RCAF personnel to stay on their toes by training regularly.
“All Royal Cambodian Armed Forces personnel have to continue regular training in order to be ready to defend our motherland even though we are now at peace,” he said.
Gen Banh will lead the delegation of senior military officers to participate in the 13th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in Bangkok, Thailand from Wednesday to Friday.
A Defence Ministry statement issued on Saturday said Gen Banh and his delegation will be attending the meeting at the invitation of Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
General Chhum Sucheat, ministry spokesman, said in the statement that the 13th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting “would discuss problems facing Asean in order to promote peace, stability and regional security”.
He added that Gen Banh will deliver a keynote speech at the meeting.
The 12th Asean Defence Ministers Meeting and 5th ADMM-Plus was held on October 19 and 20 last year in Singapore.
ADMM and ADMM-Plus serve as key ministerial-level platforms to discuss regional security issues and promote strategic dialogue and cooperation between Asean and its partners.
ADMM-Plus conferences are attended by defence ministers from India, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the US.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said he supported Gen Banh’s call for RCAF personnel to train regularly whether there is war or not.
“An army has to train regularly in order to be disciplined and combat ready to protect the country’s territorial sovereignty,” he said.
Regarding ADMM, Mr Phea noted that one of the main issues to be discussed would be tensions in the Korean peninsula which threaten regional security.
“Cambodia will provide input on how Asean can tackle regional security issues,” he said. “The situation in the Korean peninsula always crops up during Asean summits, including at the ADMM.”