UN / GABONESE PEACEKEEPERS REPATRIATION

15-Sep-2021 00:01:42
The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has announced the decision by the Secretariat to repatriate all Gabonese military units from the Central African Republic, effective immediately, a UN spokesperson said. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GABONESE PEACEKEEPERS REPATRIATION
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DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Close up, UN flag outside UN headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Mission in the Central African Republic announced the decision by the Secretariat to repatriate all Gabonese military units from the Central African Republic, effective immediately. This decision follows credible reports received by the Mission of sexual abuse by the Gabonese military contingent deployed to the peacekeeping mission, and the history of pending allegations involving Gabonese contingents in the country. Gabon has been formally notified of this decision.”
5. Wide shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“You know, the decision taken by the Secretary-General comes after what we feel is demonstrated failure to respond effectively to a history of allegations and sexual exploitations in the Central African Republic by the Gabonese, which include a failure to conduct timely and effective investigations and to report on sanctions for substantiated allegations.”
7. Med shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“With new allegations, we’ve received a total of 32 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse concerning 81 alleged perpetrators from Gabon, all military contingent members deployed, or formerly deployed in MINUSCA. Of these 32 allegations, six have been substantiated through an investigation, according to the information we received to date.”
9. Wide shot, Dujarric at the dais
STORYLINE
The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has announced the decision by the Secretariat to repatriate all Gabonese military units from the Central African Republic, effective immediately, a UN spokesperson said today (15 Sep).

The spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said, “this decision follows credible reports received by the Mission of sexual abuse by the Gabonese military contingent deployed to the peacekeeping mission, and the history of pending allegations involving Gabonese contingents in the country. Gabon has been formally notified of this decision.”

Dujarric said, the decision comes “after what we feel is demonstrated failure to respond effectively to a history of allegations and sexual exploitations in the Central African Republic by the Gabonese, which include a failure to conduct timely and effective investigations and to report on sanctions for substantiated allegations.”

The spokesperson noted that including new allegations, “we’ve received a total of 32 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse concerning 81 alleged perpetrators from Gabon, all military contingent members deployed, or formerly deployed in MINUSCA. Of these 32 allegations, six have been substantiated through an investigation.”

The Gabonese contingent includes 450 peacekeepers.
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