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CAR: UN peacekeeping chief resigns amid fresh abuse allegations

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By Euronews
CAR: UN peacekeeping chief resigns amid fresh abuse allegations

<p>The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has resigned.</p> <p>It comes amid a fresh round of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers.</p> <p>Babacar Gaye, a general from Senegal, quit at the request of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.</p> <p>“When the United Nations deploys peacekeepers, we do so to protect the world’s most vulnerable people in the world’s most desperate places,” said Ban.</p> <p>“I will not tolerate any action that causes people to replace trust with fear.”</p> <p>Amnesty International accuses peacekeepers of raping a 12-year-old girl and killing a boy and his father during an operation in Bangui this month.</p> <p>The UN mission was set up to maintain stability in Central African Republic, as it emerges from two years of inter-religious violence.</p> <p>The mission was already facing allegations of abuse, as are French soldiers and a previous peacekeeping force.</p>