Saturday, November 21, 2009

U.N. peacekeepers from Cambodia arrive in Chad

China Post

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.

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