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Cambodia to send 1st batch of medical personnel to South Sudan for humanitarian missions

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — Cambodia will send a group of more than 200 medical personnel and military police to South Sudan sometime in March in order to help the country in humanitarian activities, a senior Cambodian military official said Monday.

“This is the first time and a new mission for Cambodia that we will send medics for overseas humanitarian activities under the United Nations global peacekeeping framework,” Lt. Gen. Sem Sovanny, director-general of the National Center for Peacekeeping Force, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance at Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, told reporters Monday after he presided over a ceremony to send medical equipment and supplies, light and heavy vehicles and water tanks to South Sudan for medical missions.

“As scheduled, the shipment of all these things will arrive in South Sudan’s Juba within 45 days,” he said, adding “soon after they arrive, we will dispatch more than 200 forces including 76 experienced military medics and military police.”

“This will be a new pride for Cambodia,” he said.

Cambodia has firstly sent its troops to Sudan in April 2006 under the UN umbrella and the demining mission in Sudan was ended in September last year.

Beside this, the country has also sent troops to Chad, Central African and Lebanon for humanitarian missions.

Sem Sovanny said so far, Cambodia has sent 1,074 troops to these countries including 594 in Sudan.

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