UN envoy responds to rape allegations against AMISOM troopsListen /
Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, has expressed grave concern over allegations of rape at a military facility of AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia.
He welcomes the announcements by the Somali Government and by AMISOM, of the establishment of an investigation into the allegations of rape made against its soldiers in the Somali town of Maslah.
"It is important that any investigation is rigorous and prompt. I am encouraged by the President of Somalia's commitment to a zero-tolerance policy" says Special Representative Kay.
"If there is a case to answer, any perpetrator should be prosecuted and held fully accountable while basic rights are protected", he added.
In addition, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, pointed out that AMISOM personnel are ambassadors of peace in Somalia and are expected to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.