PHNOM PENH, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia will dispatch 42 soldiers to take part in a multi-national peacekeeping exercise " Peace Efforts 2" in Nepal, to be conducted from March 25 to April 7, a military officer said Wednesday.
"They will depart for Nepal on Friday," Brig. Gen. Ken Sosavoeun, deputy director of the military's Peacekeeping Operations Department, told Xinhua over telephone, adding that the participation is a part of international peacekeeping operations under the framework of the United Nations.
"The training will help improve capacity of Cambodian troops, and it will be a chance for our soldiers to exchange techniques and experiences with their counterparts from other countries," he said.
The forthcoming exercise will be attended by troops from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Jordan and India.
The event is supported by Global Peace Operations Initiative, which is an international program of the Group of Eight (G8) countries for enhancing capacities of the peacekeeping missions globally.
Cambodian troops firstly joined the UN Peacekeeping Forces in April 2006. Since then, the country had sent more than 1,000 troops to Sudan, Chad, Central Africa and Lebanon for demining and humanitarian activities, said Sosavoeun.