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UN removes four envoys from Colombia for partying with 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.



From Belfast Telegraph