Head of scandal-hit U.N. Central Africa force resigns: U.N. chief

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 12, 2015 12:02 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has resigned after a fresh round of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

"Today I have accepted the resignation of my special representative Mr. Babacar Gaye, head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA," Ban told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Gaye submitted his resignation at Ban's request, he added. The announcement comes after Amnesty International accused MINUSCA peacekeepers of raping a 12-year-old girl and killing a boy and his father during an operation in the country's capital Bangui earlier this month.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols)