Cambodia dispatches new batch of UN peacekeepers to Lebanon

by IANS |

Phnom Penh, Feb 6 (IANS) Cambodia sent the 13th batch of 216 peacekeepers to join a UN mission in Lebanon.

The military multi-skilled engineering group would substitute the 12th batch, whose one-year term had come to an end, Gen. Sem Sovanny, director-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said during a farewell ceremony held at the Phnom Penh international airport late Sunday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

"It's another pride for our country and people, and it reflects Cambodia's active contributions to maintaining peace and security in war-torn countries," he said.

Sovanny advised them to strictly comply with the UN rules and disciplines, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces' code of ethics, and the host country's laws.

"You all must keep in mind that your mission represents not only the UN and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, but also Cambodia as a whole, so it's essential to uphold national honour in all of your activities during both on and off duty," he said.

The peacekeepers will work on landmine clearance, construction of roads, bridges, shelters and pumping wells, he said.

The Southeast Asian nation first sent troops overseas on UN peacekeeping missions in 2006.

To date, the country has dispatched a total of more than 8,000 blue berets to join UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Syria, Lebanon and Mali.

Latest News
After 10-yr stint in BJP, Haryana's Jat leader Birender Singh rejoins Congress Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 02:50 PM
PM Modi to address first public rally for LS polls in MP's Maoist-hit Balaghat Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:52 PM
Why India is seeing a rising trend of diseases Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:40 PM
IPL 2024: 'Chennai Super Kings should be called Chepauk Super Kings', says Aakash Chopra Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:37 PM
Real Madrid request UEFA permission to play Manchester City under a closed roof: Report Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:36 PM
IPL 2024: Jonny Bairstow ready to put best foot forward' vs former side SRH Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:36 PM
Two killed in road accident in J&K's Udhampur Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:33 PM
MVA cracks seat-share formula, Uddhav Thackeray grabs maximum Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:31 PM
Toronto, other Canadian cities go dark as millions watch total solar eclipse Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:28 PM
MSCI India index rebalancing could see inclusion of 18 stocks with inflow of $2.7 bn Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:18 PM
South Korean Prez vows to be among top 3 nations in AI technology Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:10 PM
Mobile messenger KakaoTalk's users fall below 45 million for 1st time: Report Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:09 PM
X employees facing arrest in Brazil: Elon Musk Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:06 PM
Sectors like capital goods, auto lead Sensex to new high Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:04 PM
Egypt, Jordan, France urge immediate ceasefire in Gaza Tue, Apr 09, 2024, 12:03 PM