Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kingdom to send 100 ‘blue helmets’ to CAR

Kingdom to send 100 ‘blue helmets’ to CAR

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Peacekeepers gather ahead of their UN Missions to Lebanon and Central African Republic (CAR) in January. NPMEC

Kingdom to send 100 ‘blue helmets’ to CAR

Cambodia is to send nearly 100 blue helmet peacekeepers from an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit on a UN peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) in the third quarter of this year.

Sem Sovanny – director-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC-ERW) – said four UN officials had assessed the capabilities and professional skills of the 98 troops from the EOD unit and checked equipment.

The UN officials had made a report to the headquarters of the intergovernmental body in New York in the US in preparation for sending the unit on the peacekeeping mission, he added.

Sovanny made the remarks on June 8 while inspecting preparations at the Training Centre for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu province for a virtual meeting with the UN evaluation team in New York.

Cambodian UN peacekeepers first carried out a mission in Bria, capital of the conflict-torn Haute-Kotto prefecture of CAR, in 2015, he added.

While Cambodia has sent more than 200 blue helmets to CAR on eight occasions, the UN this time requested an additional 15 troops for an expanded mission.

The Cambodian peacekeepers in Bria will carry out construction, undertake demining, destroy unexploded ordnance (UXO) and build wells, as well as protect civilians and provide them with humanitarian assistance.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodian ‘blue helmets’ on a UN peacekeeping mission. Patrick Murphy via Twitter

The Kingdom has from 2006 to 2022 sent over 8,000 peacekeeping troops, including more than 500 women, on 11 missions to nine countries, according to the NPMEC-ERW.

Cambodia this year has nearly 800 blue helmet troops carrying out peacekeeping missions in South Sudan, Lebanon, CAR and Mali.

Thong Mengdavid, a research fellow at the Asian Vision Institute’s Mekong Centre for Strategic Studies, said the sending of Cambodian peacekeepers under the UN umbrella was an obligation for the Kingdom, as well as part of foreign policy in promoting global peace and protecting human life.

“Cambodia is promoting its role as a global peacekeeper because the Kingdom understands the value of peace as it went through a genocidal regime and was devastated by war.

“Cambodia continues to support global activities that focus on building peace and development as part of its peaceful diplomacy,” Mengdavid said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen told international observers at the recent commune council elections that while the UN had once sent peacekeepers to Cambodia, the Kingdom now dispatches blue helmets to carry out missions in other countries.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’