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Cambodia to host army exercise

Phnom Penh Post

Members of Cambodia’s National Counter-terrorism Special Forces take
part in the United States-sponsored Angkor Sentinel joint military
exercises in July of this year. Photo by: Heng Chivoan

Cambodia will host another round of United States-backed multinational
military exercises next year as part of a global initiative designed to
boost countries’ peacekeeping capacity, officials from both countries
said.

US embassy spokesman Mark Wenig said the event – called Angkor
Sentinel 2011 – had been scheduled for May and would be held at the
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Peacekeeping Training Centre in Kampong
Speu province.

“We are continuing to work with the RCAF to build [peace keeping
operations] capacity. Similar to Angkor Sentinel 10, we are looking at
an Angkor Sentinel 11 – also based on peacekeeping capacity
development,” he said.

The event follows on from the Angkor Sentinel 2010, a two-week-long
exercise which the country hosted in July. About 1,000 troops from 26
nations participated in the programme, which was described by Prime
Minister Hun Sen as a symbol of the strong military ties between the US
and Cambodia..

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