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Vol 1 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2008


Congo-Kinshasa

Probing the Peacekeepers

The Indian government better hope that reports of their troops' misdeeds are unfounded

Three Indian officers'would not be spared' if they were found to have smuggled gold while serving with the United Nations in Congo-Kinshasa, India's Defence Minister A. K. Antony said after ordering an inquiry into a BBC report about gold, ivory and arms trafficking by Indian and Pakistani peacekeeping troops. The BBC had reported that three Indian peacekeepers had bought'unwrought gold' (later discovered to be fake) from a dealer linked to the rebel Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda. The BBC investigation reported that Pakistani peacekeepers were also trafficking gold and weapons in Congo.

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