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Africa mission troops depart

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More than 200 soldiers have left for a peacekeeping mission. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodia, on Wednesday night, sent more than 200 soldiers to take part in a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

Unit 954, the fourth military engineering unit to be deployed to the African nation, will replace Unit 459 with the job of improving military infrastructure.

Lieutenant General Phal Samorn, deputy director-general of the Cambodian National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said yesterday: “They will work in construction and building new settlement bases.

“They will also be responsible for helping forces increase their mobility and will assist with engineering support in the eastern part of the country.” The 216 soldiers have spent a year training for the mission.

KT/Mai Vireak

In May, four Cambodian peacekeepers were killed in a night-time attack by the Christian anti-Balaka rebel group in the southeast of the country near the town of Bangassou, about 730km east of the capital Bangui.

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.

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