Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Elite PM guards unit set up



Elite PM guards unit set up

Elite PM guards unit set up

T HE Cambodian army has formed an elite unit to protect the country's political leadership in addition to regular defense duties.

The unit, designated Battalion 70, was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon by commander in Chief general Ke Kim Yan.

It comprises five units including a light-armored squadron, totaling 2,262 men under the command of Lieutenant-General Mao Sophan.

"In addition to battlefield duties, the mission of this battalion is to protect the top [political] leadership of the government," the Cambodian armed forces chief said in a parade ground address.

The armored component includes a mixed squadron of Russian-built BTR-60 armored cars, BMP infantry fighting vehicles (IFVS), and BMD armored cars."

Nine vehicles were on display with several others parked nearby.

Senior officers said the men were drawn from an old Regiment 70 beefed up by the combined bodyguards unit of the two prime ministers - First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Second Prime Minister Hun Sen.

"Discipline in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is an important objective which needs to be improved, especially control and respect for our laws. This guards unit will have to improve standards," General Ke Kim Yan said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

    Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian

  • Plastic-to-rice initiative transforms waste into bricks

    Volunteers in Kampong Khlaing commune of Siem Reap province’s Sotr Nikum district have been collecting plastic waste to use as a raw material for the production of bricks and clemence tiles. The volunteers are hoping that, in addition to helping clean up the environment,