Phnom Penh (FN), March 29 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated his commitment to sending more Cambodian peacekeepers to peacekeeping operations under the United Nations framework, speaking at the 18th Royal Government-Private Sector Forum held Friday at the Peace Palace.
“What do you think of Cambodia when we deploy more forces to peacekeeping missions in war-torn countries, while other countries already withdrew their forces?” Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed to the countries who tried to sanction Cambodia.
"If the government is illegitimate, could Cambodia contribute to the international community," he continued.
Since 2006, Cambodia has sent 5,783 peacekeepers, 277 females, to carry out UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Chad, Mali and Central African Republic, according to Kosal Malinda, spokeswoman of Cambodia's National Center for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance. Currently, 813 Cambodian peacekeepers, 50 females, are carrying out UN peacekeeping missions in five countries.