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UN peacekeeping chief in Central African Republic resigns over handling of misconduct reports

  • FILE - In an Aug. 2012 file photo, General Babacar Gaye, head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), gives a news conference in Damascus, Syria. Gaye, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, resigned Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over the force's handling of a series of sexual and other misconduct allegations. Ban Ki-moon has called a special session of the U.N. Security Council for Thursday over the issue of sexual abuse allegations that has rocked the world body. (AP Photo/Salman Muzaffar, File)

    FILE - In an Aug. 2012 file photo, General Babacar Gaye, head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), gives a news conference in Damascus, Syria. Gaye, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, resigned Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over the force's handling of a series of sexual and other misconduct allegations. Ban Ki-moon has called a special session of the U.N. Security Council for Thursday over the issue of sexual abuse allegations that has rocked the world body. (AP Photo/Salman Muzaffar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In an Aug. 25,  2012 file photo, Lt. Gen. Babacar Gaye, the head of the failed United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, drags his luggage as he departs his residence at the Dama Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria. Gaye, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, resigned Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over the force's handling of a series of sexual and other misconduct allegations. Ban Ki-moon has called a special session of the U.N. Security Council for Thursday over the issue of sexual abuse allegations that has rocked the world body.  (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

    FILE - In an Aug. 25, 2012 file photo, Lt. Gen. Babacar Gaye, the head of the failed United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, drags his luggage as he departs his residence at the Dama Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria. Gaye, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, resigned Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over the force's handling of a series of sexual and other misconduct allegations. Ban Ki-moon has called a special session of the U.N. Security Council for Thursday over the issue of sexual abuse allegations that has rocked the world body. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media outside the Security Council chambers at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, where he announced the firing of the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Babacar Gaye, of Senegal, was terminated over the force's handling of dozens of sexual and other misconduct allegations, including rape and killing, in the year and a half of its existence. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)

    In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media outside the Security Council chambers at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, where he announced the firing of the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Babacar Gaye, of Senegal, was terminated over the force's handling of dozens of sexual and other misconduct allegations, including rape and killing, in the year and a half of its existence. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has resigned over the force's handling of a series of sexual and other misconduct allegations.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Wednesday he has accepted the resignation of Babacar Gaye of Senegal.

It comes a day after Amnesty International accused U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic's capital of indiscriminately killing a 16-year-old boy and his father and raping a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents this month.

That follows allegations that U.N. peacekeepers had sexually abused street children in Bangui and a separate allegation of child sexual abuse against a peacekeeper in the eastern part of the country.

The U.N. mission is also being investigated over how it handled child sexual abuse allegations against French troops last year.