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PM Says Cambodia Does Not Have the Capacity to Provide Military Assistance to Ukraine

PHNOM PENH: Prime Minister Hun Sen has confirmed that Cambodia does not have the capacity to provide military assistance to Ukraine, and the training of deminers is only a form of humanitarian aid.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for 3,232 graduates of Western University on Thursday morning, 26 January 2023, Prime Minister Hun Sen affirmed that Cambodia sending demining experts to train deminers in Ukraine is purely a form of humanitarian aid, and should not be confused for military support.

"The training of deminers in Ukraine is purely humanitarian. Do not be confused!” he said.

The Prime Minister said that in general, Cambodia has sent troops to clear mines abroad to contribute to Peacekeeping Operations under the auspices of the United Nations. Currently, Cambodia has sent troops to help clear mines in four countries: Mali, Sudan, Oman, and the Central African Republic.

On Tuesday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on categorically dismissing the classification of the Kingdom of Cambodia as ‘Military supportive of Ukraine’ as published in an infographic by the Telegram Channel ‘Demografiya upala’, breaking down the positions of countries around the world with regard to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Following the Ministry’s statement, the Telegram channel ‘Demografiya upala’ edited the post in question and added a message saying that the channel respects the position of Cambodia and had corrected the infographic.

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