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US presses UN council to confront sex abuse by peacekeepers

The United States is pressing the UN Security Council for the first time to confront the escalating problem of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers, which has undermined the credibility of the world group.

The US is the biggest financial contributor to the UN's far-flung peacekeeping operations, and US officials say the Obama administration wants the council to send a strong signal that it will not tolerate sexual crimes by troops and police sent to protect vulnerable civilians, especially children.

A resolution drafted by the US is a response to a report by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that details the 69 allegations from 2015 and for the first time identifies the countries of alleged perpetrators.

Of the allegations last year, 23 involved sexual activity with minors.

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