Peace­keeper al­le­ga­tions re­but­ted

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MOJINGXI mojingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The De­fense Min­istry re­but­ted on Tues­day al­le­ga­tions by a Washington-based group that Chi­nese peace­keep­ers had aban­doned their posts in South Su­dan in July in­stead of pro­tect­ing civil­ians, say­ing it is “sheer ma­li­cious spec­u­la­tion”.

The Cen­ter for Civil­ians in Con­flict said that Chi­nese peace­keep­ers with the United Na­tions Mis­sion in South Su­dan had with­drawn from a civil­ian pro­tec­tion zone in July af­ter com­ing un­der attack, Reuters re­ported.

“The re­port’s al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing Chi­nese peace­keep­ers do not con­form to the facts at all,” Yang Yu­jun, the min­istry , said in a re­ply pub­lished on the min­istry’s web­site.

The Chi­nese peace­keep­ing in­fantry bat­tal­ion — re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the head­quar­ters of UNMISS in the cap­i­tal city of Juba and the near by No 1 refugee camp — has spared no ef­fort to en­sure the safety of civil­ians and other peace­keep­ers as in­structed, he said.

“Chi­nese peace­keep­ing of­fi­cers and sol­diers re­mained at their posts, quickly or­ga­niz­ing re­in­force­ments and con­tin­u­ing to im­ple­ment the man­date of UNMISS while res­cu­ing wounded sol­diers,” Yang said.

Ac­cord­ing to Yang, some mil­i­tants had sneaked into the No 1 refugee camp af­ter fierce fight­ing broke out near UNMISS on July 11.

“The Chi­nese in­fantry bat­tal­ion had sent out sol­diers and of­fi­cers who were on duty nearby to search for the mil­i­tants im­me­di­ately,” he said, adding that Chi­nese peace­keep­ers also helped to calm the refugees and prop­erly set­tle them.

“The UN is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the per­for­mance of the UN peace­keep­ing forces in South Su­dan dur­ing the con­flict, and any un­war­ranted ac­cu­sa­tions against UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions and per­son­nel be­fore the find­ings are pub­lished are ir­re­spon­si­ble,” Yang said.

Chi­nese peace­keep­ing of­fi­cers and sol­diers re­mained at their posts.”

Yang Yu­jun, De­fense Min­istry spokesman

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