UN: UN chief expresses dismay with allegations of abuse by UN 'blue helmets' in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his consternation
regarding a number of allegations concerning the conduct of UN peacekeepers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR), a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York on
Wednesday.

PANA in New York reports that the allegations were revealed on Tuesday by the human rights group Amnesty International on abuses committed by some peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The spokesperson, Mr. Stephane Dujarric, told reporters that the UN chief remained "personally dismayed and disappointed" by the latest reports as well as the allegations of recent months relating to both the period before UN peacekeepers were deployed in the CAR.

"We would like to emphasize once more that no misconduct of this nature can be tolerated and that every allegation will be taken extremely seriously and investigated vigorously and thoroughly," Mr. Dujarric said.

The latest allegations came on the heels of another series of sexual abuse claims earlier this year surrounding a deployment of foreign military forces in the CAR.

Deployed in early 2014, MINUSCA's presence in the CAR is currently aiming to defuse sectarian tensions across the country.

More than two years of civil war and violence have, in fact, displaced thousands of people amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, who are mostly Christian.

In addition, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.

The situation of deep instability is further exacerbated by a growing humanitarian crisis.

The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country, while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders. Meanwhile, overall some 2.7 million people in the CAR remain in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 12Aug2015

12 august 2015 14:56:34




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