Cambodia Asks France to Provide More Training Cambodian Peacekeepers

Cambodia has asked France to continue providing training to Cambodian peacekeepers to strengthen their capacity before departure to South Sudan.

The request was made by H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine Clearance and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), during a meeting with Lt. Col. PARDIEU Thomas, Military Professor of the Ministry of Armed Forces of France, on Sept. 27 in Phnom Penh.

H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny said that there are currently 73 Cambodian gendarmerie forces operating under UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Cambodia plans to send 46 more blue helmet troops to South Sudan and training on necessary skills before their deployment will be very helpful for them to fulfil their work.

According to Lt. Col. PARDIEU Thomas, France is conducting a four-week-long training course on observation and demonstration prevention skills at the Training Centre for Peacekeeping Forces in Oudong district, Kampong Speu province, starting from yesterday.

Since 2006, Cambodia has deployed 8,302 forces (580 are women) to carry out UN peacekeeping missions in nine countries – Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Mali, and Yemen.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press