Hun Sen speaks to Zelensky, agrees to send Cambodian deminers to Ukraine

Hun Sen speaks to Zelensky, agrees to send Cambodian deminers to Ukraine

Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia would send deminers to Ukraine to provide training in mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance, while also accepting his Ukrainian counterpart’s invitation to visit the country at a “suitable time”.

Hun Sen made the pledge during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on November 1.

According to a press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia will provide the demining training in collaboration with Japan, though it did not specify the timeline for the dispatch to the country at war with Russia.

Hun Sen also expressed concern over the recent attacks by the Russian military on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other regions, which had caused heavy casualties, damage to civilian infrastructure, power outages and water shortages.

He shared the suffering that Cambodia had gone through, and urged all parties to the conflict to strive for a “comprehensive” compromise so that Ukraine can regain peace, stability, territorial integrity and development.

Zelensky thanked Cambodia for co-sponsoring the UN General Assembly resolutions against Russia’s invasion and annexation of Ukrainian regions.

On the diplomatic front, Zelensky agreed to Hun Sen’s proposal to appoint ambassadors between the two countries.

The Phnom Penh Post

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