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UN mission calls troops to Lebanon

UN mission calls troops to Lebanon

More than 200 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces are bound for Lebanon at the request of the United Nations.

Engineering Unit 603 members, who received a send-off yesterday at the Cambodian Military Airport, will take part in a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East nation.

Sem Sovanny, director-general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance, said 218 soldiers from Engineering Unit 603 – which deals with construction and mine clearance – were headed for Lebanon for the second time. He said the unit would replace Engineering Unit 513, which will return home today after a one-year mission.

“We have already trained these soldiers for more than 10 months by testing their ability, quality and professional skill properly,” Sem Sovanny said.

Cambodia’s UN resident co-ordinator, Douglas Broderick, told the departing peacekeepers they would join the ranks of Cambodians who had served in Lebanon in construction, de-mining, water and humanitarian roles.

“They have built a strong legacy, which I am confident you will only further enhance,” Broderick said.

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