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Sunday 23 July 2017

UN removes four envoys from Colombia for partying with rebels

Hundreds of UN-sponsored observers are being deployed across the country to receive weapons turned over by the rebels
Hundreds of UN-sponsored observers are being deployed across the country to receive weapons turned over by the rebels

The United Nations has removed four officials from its peacekeeping mission in Colombia following uproar over a video showing observers dancing with leftist rebels they are supposed to be monitoring.

Thursday's UN statement promised "full impartiality" in its efforts to verify compliance with a deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia aimed at bringing an end to decades of bloody fighting.

A video of observers wearing UN vests dancing with female guerrillas at a New Year's party sparked an outcry from opponents of the peace deal.

Both Colombia's government and the UN have called their behaviour inappropriate.

Hundreds of UN-sponsored observers are being deployed across the country to receive weapons turned over by the rebels.

Most are from Latin America, though the statement mentioned no nationalities.

AP

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