US diplomat accuses Uruguay major of assault

AP News
Posted: Nov 23, 2011 5:46 PM

An Uruguayan official says a U.S. embassy official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has accused an Uruguayan army major stationed in the country with assault.

The South American country has sent more than a thousand troops to Congo as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.

Uruguayan Col. Mario Stevenazzi says the United Nations and the Uruguayan government are investigating the alleged assault, which he says doesn't appear to be sexual in nature.

Stevenazzi didn't identify either the Uruguayan army major or the female U.S. embassy official involved in the alleged assault, which occurred at least two weeks ago.

Uruguayan soldiers serving in another U.N. force in Haiti are also being investigated for an alleged assault involving a young Haitian man.