Cambodia's Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen yesterday expressed his ambition to dispatch more blue helmet troops to take part in UN peacekeeping operations at the UN's request.
Speaking at the commemoration ceremony of the 10th year achievements of Cambodian troops deployment to UN Peacekeeping Missions (2006-2016), Samdeach Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia will consider the possibility to take part in peacekeeping missions in some other countries at the UN's request.
"I am ambitious to dispatch Cambodian troops abroard because our friends have helped us, so we have to help our friends back. It is true that Cambodia is a poor country, we are only poor in properties, but not mentally poor," he underlined.
In 2006, Cambodia sent only 135 armed personnel to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, but now the number rose to 3,557. They have been in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Central Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Mali, and Cyprus.