Cambodian Peacekeepers Return Home from UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali

Cambodian blue helmet forces, the Airfield Engineering Unit 189, have returned home after successfully completing their one-year United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnant of War Clearance (NPMEC) officially greeted the arrival of the peacekeepers at Phnom Penh International airport recently.

At the greeting event, the NPMEC director general reiterated the Royal Government of Cambodia's commitment in contribution to the world peacekeeping, and encouraged more female military forces to take part in such honourable mission.

The unit's UN overseas mission was rotated by a new team that departed Cambodia last week for the so-called United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

To date, Cambodia has sent over 5,000 troops � 200 of whom are female � for the UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Mali and Syria.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press