UN Speaks Highly of Increasing Deployment of Cambodian Female Peacekeepers

The United Nations has noted and appreciated the increasing deployment of Cambodian women in peacekeeping missions.

The remarks were made by Ms. Pauline Tamesis, UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia, while she and Gen. Pol Saroeun, Senior Minister in charge of sending troops to peacekeeping missions, were presiding over here yesterday at the Military Air Base the send-off ceremony for 204 soldiers, of them 10 women, of Construction Engineer Unit 594 to participate in Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The UN resident coordinator highlighted the key role of women in peacekeeping missions such as preventing conflicts, interviewing sexual assault victims, working with female inmates, assisting former female combatants during disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, and so on.

According to Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Cambodia ranked first in ASEAN and the 29th among 122 countries that contribute their troops to join peacekeeping operations under the UN umbrella. Since 2006, Cambodia has dispatched in total 5,579 peacekeepers, of them 267 women. Currently, 811 Cambodian peacekeepers, including 66 women, have been fulfilling their missions in Africa and the Middle East.

For his part, Gen. Pol Saroeun reaffirmed the Royal Government of Cambodia's strong commitment to continue taking part in the UN peacekeeping missions, especially to increase the number of female peacekeepers.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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