Security guards at the UN building based in New York have had their duties changed after fighting with Turkish security escorting the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Friday. The only injured party was a UN guard taken to hospital.
Erdogan and his entourage were on their way to hear Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas when they took an unauthorised route. As Abbas gave his speech outlining the case for Palestinian statehood, the UN security guards were dealing with what they believed was a breach of security.
Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, said: “Last week there was an unfortunate security misunderstanding between UN uniformed officials and security officials of member delegations.
“We believe these have been satisfactorily resolved and that prompt action was taken. Necessary action is also being taken to prevent such misunderstandings in the future. We are grateful for the understanding and forbearance shown by all concerned during this period of heightened security.”
The UN staff involved in the scuffle have been placed on administrative duty meaning they will wear plain clothes and carry no weapons.