UN council support tough action for peacekeeping failures

Posted at 8:05 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 21:05:13-04

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution to support tougher U.N. action against peacekeepers who fail to protect civilians, including by sending them home and refusing to pay their governments.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after Friday’s adoption of the U.S.-sponsored resolution that the council had responded to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres challenge “to step up and strengthen peacekeeping.”

Haley says that “the actions we take today will make the United Nations a better, more effective instrument of peace and security.”

The United Nations deploys 96,000 peacekeepers in 14 missions from the Mideast to Africa to Haiti. There has been sharp criticism in recent years about sexual abuse by its troops and failures to protect civilians.

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