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Cambodia to send peacekeepers to UN mission in Lebanon

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Cambodian Peacekeepers before their departure for a mission. KT/Vireak Mai

Cambodia will send 184 soldiers to a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in mid-January to take over from Cambodia’s blue hat forces there.

General Chhum Sucheat, a spokesman for the National Defence Ministry, told Khmer Times: “Cambodia will send 184 soldiers to join a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in the middle of this month.”

In October 2017, General Sem Sovanny, the secretary-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said 4,769 Cambodian troops have been deployed on peacekeeping missions since 2006 in eight countries – Chad, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, North Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Cyprus and Mali.

“Since 2014, nine Cambodian peacekeepers have died and 11 have been injured,” he said.

There are now 816 Cambodian peacekeepers on missions in Africa.

On November 2, 2017, Cambodia sent 216 soldiers to a UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic.

Full story in Friday’s paper.

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