Cambodia and the US started a joint military exercise dubbed "Angkor Sentinel 2013" in the former’s Kampong Speu province on May 16.

During the 14-day event at the Training Centre for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces, members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the US Pacific Command (PACOM) will practise themselves to improve the quality of security staff in peacekeeping forces as well as skills to use computers and communications systems to better solve security issues.

The two sides hope that such joint exercises and other cooperation programmes will help improve the quality of and expand peacekeeping and stability operations in the region.

In Cambodia, PACOM focuses on peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations, including battlefield medical staff training, a counter-improvised explosive devices field training exercise and a battalion staff training exercise to assist Cambodian troops in deploying UN peacekeeping missions.-VNA