Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on 4 January in a speech delivered in Kampong Cham
province that Cambodia could send non-combat troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Hun
Sen said Cambodia "would not send troops to fight" but could provide troops
to help with de-mining, construction and hospital services. He also used the occasion
to lash out at UN-rights envoy, Yash Ghai. "Cambodia will send soldiers to Kenya
to show Yash Ghai that Cambodia is capable of solving other countries' problems,"
said Hun Sen.