Over 40 Cambodian Peacekeepers Return Home from Mali

A total of 46 Cambodian blue helmet troops (a woman) of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit arrived home yesterday, after successfully completing their mission under the UN umbrella in the Republic of Mali.

H.E. Maj. Gen. Sem Ratana, Deputy Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and ERW Clearance (NPMEC), presided over the homecoming ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport.

On the occasion, H.E. Maj. Gen. Sem Ratana extended a warm welcome home to the blue helmet troops and spoke highly of their tireless efforts in fulfilling their UN mission.

Since 2006, Cambodia has deployed 8,523 peacekeepers for 11 missions in nine countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, the Central African Republic, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mali, Syria, and Yemen.

Currently, some 800 Cambodian peacekeepers have been fulfilling their missions in South Sudan, Lebanon, Central African Republic, and Mali.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press