posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 08:10 PM
Preliminary investigations by the United Nations have revealed that some sexual misconduct allegations levelled against peacekeepers in Liberia are
substantiated. Spokesman Sephane Dujarric has said that the peacekeeping department in New York and the mission in Liberia are taking appropriate
follow up action after the findings of an inquiry into the allegations and also said that as misconduct is clamped down on, it is likely these
allegations will increase. An earlier report released by the Jordanian UN Ambassador Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein recommended changes and a overhaul
of the world body's peacekeeping operations.
The confirmation of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the West African nation was the latest in a wave of bad news for the world body including similar
allegations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere.
The UN mission in Liberia has been in place since September 2003 and currently has nearly 15,000 troops as well as 1,000 international police officers
and more than 1,000 international and local civilian employees.
The mission is supporting a transitional government installed in August 2003 after 14 years of on-and-off civil war in Liberia.
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This sexual abuse by peacekeepers follow similiar cases in Congo and elsewhere where accusations have ranged from rape and paedophilia along with
food and money enticements in exchange for sex.
Head of the UN Mission in Liberia Jacques Klein's sudden departure from Liberia has raised questions of his involvement in the scandal but Stephane
Dujarric has reported that Jacques Klein is leaving as his contract has expired.
The job of peacekeeper is a trusted position and to find such widespread claims and substantiations is a sad reflection of the state of world matters
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