UN admits mistake on choppers for Ivory Coast

The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. peacekeeping chief is admitting that the U.N. mistakenly accused Belarus of delivering three attack helicopters to military forces supporting Ivory Coast's ruler who refuses to cede power.

Alain Le Roy told reporters Wednesday that he apologized to the government of Belarus on behalf of the United Nations for the erroneous report, which he called "a very bad incident."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office reported Sunday that one helicopter had arrived at the airport in Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan, and that additional flights were scheduled for Monday. Ban called it "a serious violation" of the arms embargo against Ivory Coast.

Le Roy said the mistaken information came from the independent panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Ivory Coast.


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