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Cablegate: No Evidence of Sea/Gtip Misconduct in Undof/Untso

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UNCLAS E F T O DAMASCUS 000487

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/ELA, IO/PSC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPKO PHUM UNSE
SUBJECT: NO EVIDENCE OF SEA/GTIP MISCONDUCT IN UNDOF/UNTSO
MISSION

REF: STATE 68780

1. (U) This cable is in response to State 68780.

2. (SBU) Post contacted sources in the local human rights and
NGO communities, in addition to media and DAT contacts
regarding the status of SEA/GTIP in the UNDOF/UNTSO mission.
Sources had no knowledge of any SEA/GTIP related complaints
against UNDOF/UNTSO personnel operating in the Golan.
According to DAT, who has traveled extensively through
UNDOF/UNTSO theater, local perceptions of UNDOF/UNTSO are
positive, and we are unaware of any reports of sexual abuse
or trafficking by UN personnel. (Comment: Embassy's frequent
contact with UNDOF/UNTSO strongly suggests both organizations
excercise effective leadership that expects and enforces high
professional standards for all of its staff. End Comment.)

3. (SBU) Syria was designated as a tier 3 country in the June
2008 Trafficking in Persons Report due to Syria's standing as
both a transit and a destination country for women and
children trafficked for commercial exploitation and forced
labor. However, Post has no information that the broader
problem of SEA/GTIP in Syria is being exacerbated by the UN
Peacekeeping mission.
CORBIN

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