Secretary-General "disappointed" by alleged abuse by peacekeepers in CAR

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UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN File Photo

Allegations of abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have "personally dismayed and disappointed" the UN Secretary-General, his spokesperson has said.

This follows reports raised on Tuesday by Amnesty International.

Dianne Penn reports.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the UN was "very much aware" of the allegations which he described as "very troubling."

He said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to issue a statement or hold a briefing on the subject.

"The Secretary-General is personally dismayed and disappointed, not just by these latest reports, but by the series of allegations that has surfaced in the Central African Republic mission in recent months – relating to both the period before UN peacekeepers were deployed in that country and since. 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."

The UN in June announced the creation of an independent panel to review its response to allegations of child sexual abuse by non-UN forces in the Central African Republic.

The organization said it was also investigating reports of alleged sexual abuse of street children by peacekeepers at its mission in the country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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