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US wants to toughen UN response to peacekeeper misconduct

AFP  |  United Nations 

The US has presented a draft resolution aimed at toughening the UN response to failures by peacekeepers in their mission to protect civilians, US said Wednesday.

UN peacekeeping missions are facing a damaging wave of allegations of sex abuse and of failing to come to the aid of civilians caught up in violence, notably in the and

The draft text, seen by AFP, would reinforce measures such as repatriating peacekeepers, replacing units and withholding UN payments for soldiers involved in misconduct -- penalties that have irked troop-contributing countries.

"We hear far too many stories of civilians who are vulnerable, who put their trust in peacekeepers, and our peacekeepers fail to protect them," Haley told a council debate on peacekeeping.

The draft resolution will "accelerate progress on improving peacekeeping performance," she said.

The United States, which is the number one financial contributor to the UN's peacekeeping budget of USD 6.9 billion, has moved to cut funding amid concerns over misconduct and poor performance of some missions.

But and cautioned that the views of troop-contributing countries must be taken into account and called for improved training of peacekeepers, instead of penalties.

Russian said the council should not become involved in "micro-management" of missions and suggested that the council could show support for improved performance through a statement instead of a binding resolution.

Pakistan, one of the top three troop contributors to peacekeeping, spoke out against a public "name-and-shame" approach and pointed that a lack of resources was undermining peacekeepers in their missions.

Negotiations on the draft were continuing and a vote has not been scheduled. The has 96,000 peacekeepers serving in 14 missions worldwide.

UN has vowed to toughen the UN response to allegations of misconduct against the blue helmets and has appointed a victims' to oversee the handling of cases of sexual abuse.

His predecessor took the unprecedented step of firing the of the mission in the over his handling of dozens of cases of sex abuse and misconduct by the peacekeepers.

Ban also sacked the of the mission in following a report that showed peacekeepers did not respond to appeals for help from aid workers who came under attack at a nearby hotel compound.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 00:35 IST