Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Compensation given for dead peacekeeper

Compensation given for dead peacekeeper

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The family of the late Second Lieutenant Suon Sambod, who died from malaria while serving as a peacekeeper in Mali, receives $70,000 from the United Nations on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan

Compensation given for dead peacekeeper

The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation has hit out at criticism over a delayed compensation payment made to the family of a Cambodia peacekeeper who died of malaria in Senegal in 2015.

Giving a speech on Tuesday during the handover ceremony with the family of the late second lieutenant, Suon Sambo, Minister Prak Sokhonn said: “What I regret is that the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces [NPMEC] tried to facilitate [compensation] before the UN had decided on it.

“We tried to protest to get the compensation, but instead there was an inciter to the family, inciters on Facebook, and an inciter who filed a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) about this compensation.”

He said the delay in payment for Sambo was due to technical and administrative errors “and the inconsistency in the autopsy report”.

Cambodia found out that Sambo died of malaria, but the Senegal hospital’s autopsy report said he died naturally, which is not covered in the compensation scheme, he said.

He said the Cambodian government gave each peacekeeper $300 pocket money before departure, and that the government often had to step in when United Nations salaries were delayed.

At the event, NPMEC Director-General Sem Sovann said the Kingdom has sent 5,486 troops on 10 separate UN missions to eight countries.

Since 2014, nine have died during their deployment. Of those, the families of seven have been compensated with $70,000 each.

Sokhonn said the two who didn’t receive compensation were not eligible because of disciplinary issues. Currently there are 813 Cambodian peacekeepers serving with the UN in five countries.

MOST VIEWED

  • US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

    At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 elections

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth