PHNOM PENH, July 12 (Xinhua) -- First phase of large scale military exercise kicked off in Phnom Penh on Monday with more than 20 multi-nation participations.
Speaking at the opening of the "Command Post Exercise (CPX)", Gen. Moeng Samphan, secretary of state of Cambodia's National Defense Ministry said the exercise "aims at enhancing capacity for both the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and military from various countries through the process of multi-national operations exercise to fulfill the requirements of the U.N. standards in the purpose of serving the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation."
"I strongly believe that the results of this exercise not only proved the great opportunities for the RCAF and multi-national forces in performing some regional missions but also give us a chance to demonstrate our capacity, coordination, and cooperation since our military concepts are varied from one another, but to have the common ground for working as a team together if there is a need for PKO in the region and in the world," he added.
It is the first of two forms of "military exercise" or in softer terms "peacekeeping exercise" after which the second part of "field exercise" will officially take place on July 17 at the presence of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen in Kompong Speu province, about 50 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
"This is the first time in the history of Cambodian military that we are hosting the Multi-National Exercise Training 'Angkor Sentinel 2010' with the participations from many countries in the international committees and which encompasses such a multi- national military basis," said Lieutenant General Nem Sowath, chairman of the sub-committee of the CPX.
Both of the military exercises with official name as "Angkor Sentinel 2010" --are part of the Global Peace Operations Initiatives (GPOI), a UN-US peacekeeping-training program for strengthening peace and security.
Chhum Socheat, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense said the military exercise will be conducted through July 30 with participations of 26 countries and more than 1,000 forces.
Of those forces, the largest number will be coming from Cambodia as a host country and from the United States, the co- organizer of the exercise.
The other participating countries, the majority of which are the members of the United Nations include France, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, India, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mongolia and the United Kingdom among others.