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UN deminers’ bodies to be repatriated

UN deminers’ bodies to be repatriated

The bodies of two Cambodian United Nations peacekeepers who allegedly died as a result of food poisoning while on a mission in Mali will arrive in the Kingdom this evening, military officials have said.

Ouk Bunthan, deputy director of the mines and explosive war remnants clearance department at the National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, said yesterday that a plane repatriating the bodies of Ny Nol, 32, and Meak Sereyvatana, 26, will land at 7pm.

“We received confirmation of the arrival from the UN side yesterday,” he told the Post.

The two men, who died on June 10, were among dozens of Cambodian peacekeepers deployed in March for a one-year mission.

According to Bunthan, the body of Ny Nol will be transported to Kampong Thom’s Baray district for a funeral ceremony that will be attended by the provincial governor.

The body of Sereyvatana will be brought to the Wat Than pagoda in Phnom Penh.

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