UN troops in Congo gold warning

un_troops.jpgThree Indian army officers have been let off with a warning over
allegations of gold trafficking while they were UN peacekeepers in the
DR Congo.

The allegations, first revealed by the BBC, were part of a wider investigation carried out by the UN.

A UN report said there was evidence that Indian troops in eastern Congo
had traded gold and drugs with a militia involved in the Rwandan
genocide.

The UN decided there was evidence for only one minor charge.

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

An accusation that three Indian officers had illegally detained
and assaulted a Congolese trader for selling them fake gold dust was
the only charge the UN decided had sufficient evidence.

Those soldiers have been let off with a warning.

Critics of the UN will argue that this is exactly what they
expected and proves that allegations, no matter how serious, seldom
result in the disciplining of the troops under its command.