Just wonderful - the United Nations in the news. Again.

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From the BBC:
UN troops 'armed DR Congo rebels'
The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned.

The allegations, based on confidential UN sources, involve Pakistani and Indian troops working as peacekeepers.

The UN investigated some of the claims in 2007, but said it could not substantiate claims of arms dealing.
So they investigated themselves and found nothing bad. How strange... Some more:
But an 18-month BBC investigation for Panorama has found evidence that:

- Pakistani peacekeepers in the eastern town of Mongbwalu were involved in the illegal trade in gold with the FNI militia, providing them with weapons to guard the perimeter of the mines

- Indian peacekeepers operating around the town of Goma had direct dealings with the militia responsible for the Rwandan genocide, now living in eastern DR Congo

- The Indians traded gold, bought drugs from the militias and flew a UN helicopter into the Virunga National Park, where they exchanged ammunition for ivory
Nope - nothing happening here, everything is just peachy.
Two FNI leaders known as "Kung-fu" and "Dragon", who have been jailed in the capital, Kinshasa, have stated publicly that they received help from the UN.

The BBC managed to get into the maximum security jail and both confirmed this.

Kung Fu, whose real name is General Mateso Ninga, said: "Yes, it's true, they did give us arms. They said it was for the security of the country. So they said to us that we would help them take care of the zone."

The FNI has been described by Human Rights Watch as "some of the most murderous individuals that operate in eastern Congo".
Just wanna sit down and have a beer with these nice gentlemen.
UN insiders close to the investigation told the BBC they had been prevented from pursuing their inquiries for political reasons.

Our correspondent says that in short, the Pakistanis, who are the largest troop contributors to the UN in the world, were too valuable to alienate.

Pakistan has said it has no means of influencing the UN and that there is no evidence that its troops were involved in an illegal gold trade or re-armed militia, describing the allegations as baseless.
Hmmm... Pakistan. From this information, we see that they share a border with Afghanistan and Iran, they are 97% muslim, 49% of the total population over 15 years old can read and write. Sounds like a nice place to visit. A bit of terror anyone? The United Nations is a corrupt body, it is acting for its own benefit as a political organization and is operating as though it was beyond the control of any nation. United Nations delenda est

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