Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - RCAF says 250 resistance troops ready to defect

RCAF says 250 resistance troops ready to defect

RCAF says 250 resistance troops ready to defect

SIEM REAP - Government soldiers on the Thai border near Preah Vihear say representatives

of 250 resistance soldiers have approached the military and promised to defect once

the election is completed.

The defection would be a serious blow to the resistance forces of Nhek Bun Chhay,

who have been holed up at O'Smach on the Thai border since last July's coup.

While O'Smach is easy to defend, there have been reports that soldiers there have

been short of food and equipment, which has sapped morale.

The information on the planned defection came from RCAF soldier Chim Sitha and six

comrades who were evacuated to Siem Reap on July 27 after contracting malaria on

the border.

They said there had been a meeting between senior resistance leaders and the military

on July 25 to discuss when the defection would take place.

Sitha claimed that the resistance leaders said they did not care who won the election,

they just wanted to return.

Region 4 military commander Chea Maon said his fellow commanders had not discussed

the resistance defection with him, but he said the defectors could be integrated

into the army or could resume life as civilians.

However, he said that if they decided to join the army they could only do so as ordinary

soldiers. They could not claim the same rank they enjoyed before they joined the

resistance.

Defence Minister Tea Banh said the government's position on defections had not changed

- they are still being encouraged.

"We must accept them because we want to be completely finished with the opposition

troops," he said.

However, Tea Banh warned that while the defectors would be welcomed into society,

they would not necessarily go straight into the army.

He said defectors wanting to join the army would be carefully scrutinized before

they were accepted into RCAF and would have to spend more time in education programs

than previous defectors.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted