Faux pas by RAF draws objection from UN body

Last Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 17:32

New Delhi: A minor faux pas by the Rapid
Action Force (RAF) which "inadvertently" used helmets with
`UN` painted on them in Srinagar has drawn objection of United
Nations Military Observer Group in the Kashmir Valley.

Senior CRPF officials said that the reserve company of
the RAF, which had recently given a demonstration before a UN
delegation, had painted `UN` on their blue helmets which
inadvertently went along with the company to Kashmir.
The official said that the two helmets had since been
removed.

At least three companies (300 personnel) of RAF have
been sent to the Valley for maintenance of law and order.

Chief of Public Affairs of the UN Peace Keeping
operations Nick Brinback said that the world body had received
complaints about "apparent use of UN-marked blue helmets by
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel in Srinagar".

The United Nations Military Observer Group in India
and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) immediately brought the issue to the
attention of the Indian Army authorities.
"We understand that directions have since been issued
by the Indian authorities to prevent its recurrence. UN-marked
items can only be used by personnel serving in United Nations
operations during their service under the blue flag and can
not be used for other purposes, including by national armies
in the conduct of their operations," he said.

PTI




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