UN apologizes to Belarus over false accusations

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations Alain Le Roy has publicly apologized to Belarus following statements that the country was breaking the arms embargo on Côte d'Ivoire.

Alain Le Roy

Alain Le Roy

His apology comes after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern that three attack helicopters and related materiel from Belarus were reportedly being delivered on Monday for incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo’s forces.

Le Roy met with Belarus’ top diplomat to the UN to convey his regrets.

“There was no plane [that] landed that evening. It was a clear mistake. The report from the mission (ONUCI) was a mistake. And therefore, I met this morning with the Chargé d’affaires of Belarus and I expressed our deep regrets and our apologies for the damage caused to Belarus due to a wrong reporting from the mission.”

Le Roy said tensions are increasing in the country as clashes increase between armed groups supporting Cote d’Ivoire’s two rival leaders, adding that UN peacekeepers were also being targeted.

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