UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the Republic of Congo is withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Central African Republic following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.
A statement from the U.N. Secretariat released Wednesday said a review of the country's deployment pointed to "systemic problems in command and control" compounded by issues related to the preparedness and discipline of the troops as well as the maintenance of their equipment.
The U.N. said the outcome of the review was shared with Republic of Congo authorities who decided to withdraw their military personnel, numbering about 600.
It said "failures identified with the military contingent are not reflected in the performance of the police contingent" which will remain in Congo. The country has over 100 police in Central African Republic.