LIBREVILLE -- A group of Cambodian soldiers have arrived in Chad as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, the U.N. said on Thursday.
The 42 peacekeepers arrived in Abeche, the eastern capital of Chad, on Tuesday and will remain there for a year.
Their arrival brings the total number of troops under the command of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURAT) to 2,749 of a target of 5,200.
It is the second time Cambodia has taken part in a peacekeeping operation, its first being in Sudan in 2006.
The U.N. Security Council established MINURAT “to help create the securty conditions conducive to a voluntary, secure and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons.”
Chad hosts 72,000 refugees from the Central African Republic and 168,000 internally displaced people, according to the U.N.