Government Confers Decorations to Cambodian UN Peacekeepers

AKP Phnom Penh, August 12, 2019 —

Royal Government of Cambodia has conferred decorations to 382 Cambodian peacekeepers of Airport Engineering Unit 198, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 132 and Armed Forces Unit 681 who had fulfilled successfully their one-year United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali and South Sudan.

The official decorations conferment ceremony took place here in Phnom Penh recently under the presidency of Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense and Ms. Sarah Knibbs, United Nations Coordinating Representative to Cambodia.

Addressing the function, Samdech Tea Banh appreciated the endeavour of the Cambodian blue helmet troops in not only peacekeeping operations, but also promoting good collaboration with countries in the world.

That effort, he continued, is Cambodia’s great achievement and pride at international arenas, making them very deserved for the honorary recognition.

From her end, Ms. Sarah Knibbs spoke highly of Cambodia for its significant contribution to world’s humanitarian actions and peace development.

The Armed Forces Unit 681 returned home on August 9, and was warmly welcomed at Phnom Penh International Airport by Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of Cambodia’s National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and ERW Clearance (NPMEC).

According to H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Cambodia has deployed a total of 6,352 troops by far – 327 of them are women – for UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Lebanon, Mali, Syria and Cyprus.

By Lim Nary