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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Cambodia to send soldiers to Chad, Central Africa for UN peacekeeping mission

PHNOM PENH, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia will send soldiers to Chad and Central Africa for UN peacekeeping mission, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said here on Tuesday.

"We will send our soldiers to these countries according to the request of the UN Secretary General," he told a university graduation ceremony.

Cambodia has already sent 3 groups of soldiers for mine clearance in Sudan for UN peacekeeping mission, he said, adding that the country never sent troops to war-torn countries.

Meanwhile, the premier didn't mention when and how many soldiers would be sent to the two countries.

In 2006, Cambodia sent 135 deminers to Sudan for UN peacekeeping mission, and then 139 in June 2007 to replace the old ones. The deminers were renewed again in 2008.

Additionally, Cambodia once joined international military exercises respectively held in Bangladesh and Mongolia.

In 2010, Cambodia will host a large-scale ASEAN-U.S. military exercise at its Sihanoukville Port.  

Editor: Wang Yan

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