Cambodia sends nearly 300 troops to peacekeeping mission in Mali

Monday, 2021-10-04 10:46:28
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NDO/VNA - Cambodia on October 1 dispatched its eighth batch of 298 soldiers to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.

The peacekeepers replace the seventh batch, whose one-year term has come to an end, Gen. Sem Sovanny, director-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said at a sending-off ceremony at the Phnom Penh international airport.

According to him, the Cambodian peacekeepers in Mali are divided into two groups, with one responsible for explosive ordnance disposal and the other in charge of airport repairs and maintenance.

Sovanny added that all the soldiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have tested negative for the disease before their departure.

Since 2006 to date, Cambodia has sent a total of 7,826 personnel, including 494 women, to join UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, Lebanon and Mali, he said.