Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that he approved last week a budget of 15 million U.S. dollars to purchase armored personnel carriers for the country’s peacekeepers stationed in conflict-torn Mali.
“It’s required by the United Nations and we need to contribute to such a peacekeeping operation,” he said in a speech during a university graduation ceremony here.
“We cannot leave our troops empty-handed, there must be armored vehicles for their self-defense,” he said.
Cambodia has sent 309 troops to join the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African nation of Mali since 2014.
Cambodia firstly dispatched its troops abroad in 2006. Since then, the Southeast Asian country has provided a total of 5,785 soldiers to join UN peacekeeping missions in eight countries, including Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Lebanon, Mali, Syria and Cyprus.
In May 2017, four Cambodian peacekeepers in CAR were killed by a rebel group during a convoy attack near Bangassou, about 474 km east of Bangui, the capital city of CAR. Enditem