Prak Sokhonn visits peacekeepers before their departure

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn (second front from left) visits peacekeeping training in Batheay district, Kampong Cham province on December 2. DEFENCE MINISTRY

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on December 2 visited the last day of training of Cambodian forces ahead of their departure for a UN peacekeeping mission abroad.

Sokhonn is the chairman of the National Coordination Committee of UN Peace Keeping Operations. He was accompanied on his visit by Sem Sovanny, vice-chairman of the National Committee of UN Peace Keeping Operations and director-general of the National Peacekeeping Centre.

The training took place from October 7 and wrapped up on December 2 in Kampong Cham province’s Batheay district. It focused on the construction of on-land and floating mobile bridges. 38 soldiers participated in the training.

Sovanny said that based on their excellent skills and the results they had achieved on previous deployments, the UN had requested that Cambodia send more peacekeeping forces and materials for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and bridging engineers.

He said EOD materials had already been transported to the targeted countries of the latest mission, while the forces themselves will depart soon.