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UN peacekeepers in Mali accused of misconduct

September 23, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is investigating allegations of serious misconduct by peacekeeping troops in Mali, including one accusation of sexual assault.

U.N chief spokesman Martin Nesirky said Monday that the peacekeeping mission in the West African country opened an investigation as soon as it received the information Friday.

“The mission has provided assistance to the alleged victim,” Nesirky said. “The secretary-general has a policy of zero tolerance for any form of sexual exploitation and abuse and will do everything possible to see that a thorough process of investigation and, as appropriate, accountability takes place.”

The peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA aims to secure northern Mali after a French-led military intervention ousted radical jihadists from the region.

The alleged incidents are said to have happened in the southeastern city of Gao.

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