The participation rate of Cambodian female peacekeepers is higher than the UN’s requirement, underlined Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence.

While presiding over the homecoming ceremony of Royal Gendarmerie Squadron Unit 186 from their mission under the UN umbrella in South Sudan on Nov. 16, Samdech Tea Banh said among the 73 forces of Royal Gendarmerie Squadron Unit 739 deployed to replace the Unit 186, 34 are women or 46 percent, which exceeds the UN’s requirement of 15 percent.

For the Unit 186, he continued, 28 of the 73 peacekeepers, equal to 38 percent, are women.

Samdech Tea Banh also noted the development of knowledge, skills, solidarity and cooperation, good discipline, and courage as well as good practice of preventive measures against COVID-19 of Cambodian peacekeepers.

According to the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and ERW Clearance (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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