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Forces carry out thousands of border patrols

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Last year, 58,117 troops were trained domestically. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Defence Ministry ordered armed forces to patrol borders with neighbouring countries more than 25,000 times in 2017.

Defence Minister General Tea Banh unveiled the statistics as he presided over his ministry’s annual meeting yesterday.

Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said infantry patrolled the border with Thailand 2,585 times, with Vietnam 1,462 times, and with Laos 1,838 times last year. Naval forces also went out on 1,393 maritime border patrols in 2017, while air forces were deployed on 20,171 missions, Gen Sucheat said.

Gen Tea Banh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

“In 2017, 58,117 military staff were trained in the country and 2,772 were sent to train in China, Vietnam, Russia and more than ten other foreign countries,” he added.

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces also held their annual meeting yesterday at RCAF headquarters, presided over by RCAF commander in chief General Commander Pol Saroeun.

RCAF’s deputy commander General Eth Sarath told reporters after the meeting that the armed forces must respect the orders of the government and defend peace in the country.

“We must defend peace for our nation and the people,” said Gen Sarath.

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