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UN: Peacekeepers accused of abusing children in Central African Republic

The alleged crimes, including rapes, mostly committed in 2014, only came to light in recent weeks.

UN peacekeeping soldiers patrolling in Bangui, Central African Republic in December 2014. Picture: AFP.

GENEVA - The United Nations said on Friday it had allegations that peacekeepers from Georgia, France and another unnamed country sexually abused children while deployed in the Central African Republic.

The alleged crimes, including rapes, mostly committed in 2014, only came to light in recent weeks and the national authorities concerned, as well as the European Union, have been informed and are investigating, it said.

"These are extremely serious accusations and it is crucial that these cases are thoroughly and urgently investigated," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

"Far too many of these crimes continue to go unpunished, with the perpetrators enjoying full impunity."