UN bans 12 European peacekeepers from South Sudan mission

July 21, 2016 10:15 PM

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UNITED NATIONS – U.N. officials say a dozen police officers from Britain, Germany and Sweden have been banned from returning to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after they left during recent fighting without consulting mission chiefs.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Thursday that their sudden departure affected "the operational capability of the mission and the morale of staff."

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