RCAF Defends Morality, Dignity of Soldiers

Angered by criticism printed in the pro-CPP Koh Santepheap news­paper, the Ministry of De­fense was moved on Tuesday to issue a public statement defending the behavior of RCAF soldiers.

The statement followed a Koh Santepheap article on Tuesday that praised RCAF soldiers for be­ing chosen to participate in the UN peacekeeping mission in Su­dan but also criticized the lack of morality among the armed forces.

In its rebuke, the Ministry of Defense claimed that the armed forces had made great achievements and it was only individuals among the armed forces who committed in­appropriate deeds by violating military discipline.

Co-Defense Minister Tea Banh said Wednesday he was too busy to comment. An editor at Koh San­tepheap also declined comment.

RCAF Deputy Commander-in-Chief Pol Saroeun said Wedne­s­day that the nation’s troops are educated and well-disciplined. Issues related to poor discipline among the military were purely related to individuals, he said.

Criticism of the military in one of the country’s largest-selling pro-CPP newspapers follows last week’s criticism of the security for­ces by CPP Honorary Presi­dent Heng Samrin after the fatal shooting of villagers in Poipet commune and prisoners in Kompong Cham province’s CC3 prison.

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