A total of 298 Cambodian blue helmet troops, 25 of them are women, of the Airport Engineering Unit 972 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 882 arrived home this morning, after successfully completing their mission under the UN umbrella in the Republic of Mali.

H.E. Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and ERW Clearance (NPMEC), presided over the homecoming ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Earlier on Oct. 1, more than 300 Cambodian peackeepers, including 26 women, departed for Mali to replace their counterparts who returned home this morning.

According to NPMEC, since 2006, Cambodia has sent over 7,000 troops for the UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mali, Syria, and Yemen.

Currently, nearly 800 Cambodian peacekeepers, of them about 80 are women, have been fulfilling their missions in Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, and Central African Republic.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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