Another Contingent Of Cambodian Peacekeepers Leave For Lebanon

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Phnom Penh, February 09, 2024 --

Cambodian troop of multidisciplinary engineering unit No. 836 departed here for the Republic of Lebanon on Feb. 8.

They were seen off at the airport by H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines, and ERW Clearance (NPMEC).

Addressing the function, H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny conveyed to them best wishes of Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, H.E. Gen. Tea Seiha, and H.E. Sok Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The unit is led by a woman, which responds to the UN strategy aimed at empowering women, both quantitatively and qualitatively, to join the UN peacekeeping forces, as well as to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s commitment to increase the participation of female peacekeepers to more than 20 percent, H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny underlined.

The multidisciplinary engineering unit No. 836 will replace their counterparts who successfully completed their mission under the UN umbrella in Lebanon, and returned home on Feb. 7.

Since 2006, Cambodia has deployed a total of 9,465 peacekeepers, including 801 women, to 12 missions in 10 countries, including Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Mali, Yemen, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.