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Sudan Deminers Claim Missing Payment

More than 130 Cambodian deminers who were sent on a UN mission to the African nation of Sudan have not received a segment of their pay, soldiers said Friday.

The 135 soldiers, who returned from their mission in June, are missing around $297 each, for a total of $40,095 in missing funding.

Defense officials said Friday they were waiting for money from the UN in New York.

"I'm missing nine days of payment from 380 days," said one soldier, who asked not to be named. The UN had sponsored the mission, he said, had had given money to the Cambodian side. "Until now, we have not been paid."

All the soldiers had made a complaint to the Cambodian unexploded ordnance unit of the Ministry of Defense, he said. "But we have not received any solution."

Lt. Gen. Sem Sovanny, commander of the UXO unit, said Friday he had not yet received all the money from the UN, referring questions to Nip Sambath, an adviser to Minister of Defense Gen. Tea Banh.

Nip Sambath said he did not believe there was a problem. However, he said he would investigate further.