http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/09/content_10975745.htm India cancels new UN peacekeeping mission in Congo over scandal www.chinaview.cn 2009-03-09 13:27:56 NEW DELHI, March 9 (Xinhua) -- India has canceled a new UN peacekeeping deployment plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to a scandal of sexual abuse by Indian troops in that country, said a local newspaper The Asian Age on Sunday. The Indian Air Force has canceled the deployment of a contingent to the Democratic Republic of Congo as UN peacekeepers, several months after international media reports said Congo and UN authorities were not keen on new deployment of Indian troops due to complaints of sexual abuse of local women, including child abuse, by some Indian Army personnel there, said the report. After the complaints were made, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony has reportedly ordered the military to undertake a thorough investigation. But no result of any such investigation has come out yet. "About 200 Indian Air Force personnel who had assembled in New Delhi for the assignment were asked to disperse after the new assignment was canceled," the report quoted unnamed sources of the air force as saying. The Indian Air Force has now three contingents in the Democratic Republic of Congo and another in Sudan on UN peacekeeping missions. The UN Secretary-General Pan Ki-moon has urged India to take "disciplinary action to the maximum degree permitted by Indian law" against those involved in the sexual abuse scandal.