No place for sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN: Secretary-General

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Secretary-General Speaks to Press on Conduct of UN Troops in Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced the resignation of the head of the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR).

This follows new reports of abuse allegedly committed by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Mr Ban has also requested a special session of the Security Council on sexual exploitation and abuse.

Dianne Penn reports.

Addressing reporters in New York on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations deploys its peacekeepers to protect vulnerable people in the world's most desperate places.

He stated that he would not tolerate any action that would cause people to replace their trust with fear.

"Today and every day, my message is clear:  Sexual exploitation and the abuse of power have no place – least of all in the United Nations which stands for the rights of the world's women and children."

The Secretary-General said he had accepted the resignation of Babacar Gaye, his Special Representative and head of the UN mission in the CAR, known as MINUSCA.

However, Mr Ban emphasized that the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse was not limited to one conflict, one mission or one person.

In addition to the Security Council meeting to be held on Thursday, Mr Ban also plans to convene a video conference of all heads of UN peacekeeping operations and other senior field personnel.

The Secretary-General also urged victims to come forward as the UN will respond to what he called "these outrageous crimes."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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