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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 07:08 PM

Burundi, Morocco troops accused of Central African Republic abuse: U.N.

Source: Reuters

World | Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:40pm EDT

Burundi, Morocco troops accused of Central African Republic abuse: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS | BY MICHELLE NICHOLS

The United Nations said on Monday it had received new allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against U.N. peacekeepers from Morocco and Burundi in Central African Republic, including one that involved a 14-year-old girl.

There have been dozens of such accusations against peacekeepers in Central African Republic, where the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA, assumed authority from African Union troops in September 2014.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Burundian peacekeepers had been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl earlier this month, while a Moroccan soldier had been accused of engaging in an exploitative sexual relationship with a woman in February.

Dujarric said Morocco and Burundi had been notified of the allegations. Once notified, a state has 10 days to tell the United Nations if it intends to investigate the accusations. If it does not, the world body will conduct its own inquiry.

"The Moroccans so far have indicated that they will investigate," Dujarric said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-centralafrica-un-crime-idUSKCN0WU1OY

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