Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 73 Cambodian ‘blue helmets’ depart for South Sudan

73 Cambodian ‘blue helmets’ depart for South Sudan

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Seventy-three soldiers from the Royal Gendarmerie Company 739 departed on November 16 for a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. PHOTO BY NPMEC-ERW

73 Cambodian ‘blue helmets’ depart for South Sudan

Seventy-three soldiers from the Royal Gendarmerie Company 739 departed on November 16 for a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. They are replacing Cambodian peacekeepers who returned home on the same day.

Kosal Malinda, spokeswoman for the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC-ERW), told The Post on November 17 that the role of the soldiers is to ensure public order, traffic control, guard UN delegations, and conduct safety patrols for the citizens of [South] Sudan,” she said.

According to Malina, the participation rate of Cambodian women peacekeepers on overseas missions is 46 per cent – 15 per cent over the UN requirements. The participation of women peacekeepers indicates progressive thinking in the context of a new lifestyle, cooperation, solidarity and courage to always fulfill their role anytime and anywhere.

As for the soldiers who recently returned, Malina said they were warmly welcomed by the NPMEC-ERW and some high-ranking officials from the Ministry of National Defence. They took rapid tests for the coronavirus at Phnom Penh International Airport, and none was found to be positive, he said.

"Because they had not received the third Covid-19 vaccine dose, medical staff vaccinated them before allowing them to return to their respective families,” she said.

She added that all of them must quarantine for seven days at home before having any close contact with family members or other people.

According to the NPMEC-ERW, Cambodia has sent a total of 7,899 soldiers, 528 of them women, on UN peacekeeping missions since 2006.

This year 730 Cambodian blue helmets have fulfilled peacekeeping missions in South Sudan. Among them,124 were women.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Mr Pancake or M Crepe? Tasty by any title

    Crowds of people gather around a lone man with a mobile food cart every day at around 2pm in front of the Institut Francais du Cambodge to order what many say are the best crepes in Phnom Penh. To some – even to the man making

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused

  • PM sets tourism reopening as centrepiece of ATF 2022

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged ASEAN to reopen tourism and trade now that many of the bloc’s member countries have vaccinated their populations. Speaking at the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 (ATF 2022) in Preah Sihanouk province on January 18, the premier also said ASEAN has a