Peacekeeping chief foreshadows action to address misconduct

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Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous briefs the press in New York At left is UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A "road map" containing 40 proposals to address misconduct by UN personnel has been presented to the UN Secretary-General, his peacekeeping chief told journalists in New York on Friday.

Herve Ladsous is fresh from a four-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) where there have been more than 60 allegations of possible misconduct by UN staff serving there.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ladsous reported that 15 of the cases in the CAR relate to possible sexual exploitation and abuse.

Fourteen involve peacekeepers.

In nine cases, the person has had their pay suspended.

He described this move as "something that has a bite."

"This being said, 15 cases is definitely 15 cases too much. And I had a long meeting with the uniformed personnel in Bangui. I gave them a very, very strongly worded speech based on what the Secretary-General himself had said when the problem surfaced; what he said to the Security Council. And you may know that next week there will be a meeting with the troop- and police-contributing countries here in which the Secretary-General will outline all that we need to do with their support."

Mr Ladsous has also presented the Secretary-General with what he called "a whole road map" with 40 proposals for action on the issue.

The UN is also looking at improving living and recreation conditions for its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, he added.

His speech to the peacekeepers in the capital, Bangui, will also be distributed across all UN peacekeeping operations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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