Photo: Vladimir Tretyakov, AP
Military personnel in blue helmets with the inscription UN
The press service of the UN and the organization’s peacekeeping mission confirmed that the UN did not authorize the use of peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan.
The Kazakh authorities illegally used a KAZBET unit assigned to United Nations peacekeeping missions to suppress protests. It is reported by Radio Liberty.
They started talking about the unauthorized use of UN peacekeeping missions after the publication of photographs of Vladimir Tretyakov in the international agency Associated Press. Pictures from the streets of Almaty on January 8 show servicemen wearing blue helmets with a clear UN (United Nations) sign.
The press service of the UN and the organization’s peacekeeping mission confirmed to journalists that the UN did not authorize the use of peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan, and identification marks and uniforms can only be used in accordance with the mandate of the UN Security Council.
It is noted that in Kazakhstan there is a unit of the English-speaking military peacekeepers KAZBET, which has permission from the UN to wear blue helmets during UN peacekeeping operations or during ceremonial parades.
A spokesman for the Kazakh Ministry of Defense confirmed that the people in Tretyakov’s photo were employees of a KAZBET unit. But they were allegedly involved in the protection of strategic facilities, airports and government buildings. According to the official, part of the unit is now on a peacekeeping mission in Libya.
Earlier it was reported that the President of Kazakhstan accused a number of security officials of treason.