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[Published: Sunday July 06 2008]

UN troops warned over Congogold trafficking

New York , 07 July-(ANA)- Three Indian army officers have been let off with a warning overallegations of gold trafficking while they were UN peacekeepers in the DRCongo.

A UN report saidthere was evidence that Indian troops in eastern Congo had traded gold and drugswith a militia involved in the Rwandan genocide.

The UN decidedthere was evidence for only one minor charge.

Some Indiansoldiers were alleged to have traded gold with the militia, bought drugs fromthem and even flown a UN helicopter into the Virunga National Park,where they exchanged ammunition for ivory.

An accusationthat three Indian officers had illegally detained and assaulted a Congolesetrader for selling them fake gold dust was the only charge the UN decided hadsufficient evidence.

Those soldiershave been let off with a warning.

Critics of the UNwill argue that this is exactly what they expected and proves that allegations,no matter how serious, seldom result in the disciplining of the troops underits command. (ANA)

FA/ANA/07 July2008---

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