Nepali Army vows action against soldiers in South Sudan facing sexual abuse charges

Li Jiayao

KATHMANDU, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali Army on Thursday vowed to take action against its soldiers for their alleged involvement in the incident of sexual abuse against teenagers in South Sudan recently.

In a statement, the Nepali Army Headquarters said here that a board of inquiry has been launched in coordination with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan headquarters over the incident which happened in South Sudan.

"If Nepali Army personnel are found guilty in the investigation, they will be taken action as per the existing Army Act," said the statement.

As many as 1,747 Nepal Army personnel have been deployed in the South Sudan.

Earlier this week, international media came up with reports that Nepali Army soldiers serving in the UN mission in South Sudan allegedly raped two teenage girls.

A total of 14,800 troops and police have been deployed by the United Nations in South Sudan, with a mandate to protect civilians caught up in a war between President Salva Kiir's forces and rebels.



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