Lubbers cleared of sexual harassment
16 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers has been cleared of claims he sexually harassed one his female employees.
16 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers has been cleared of claims he sexually harassed one his female employees.
UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan has said an investigation into an alleged incident in 2003 could not be substantiated by the evidence gathered.
But he stressed his "concerns" about the way the former Dutch prime minister handled the incident, BBC reported.
Lubbers, 65, had insisted a 51-year-old American female UNHCR employee had misconstrued a friendly gesture he made at the end of a meeting last year.
In a letter to UNHCR employees, Annan said he now considered the matter closed.
But he also said he had written to Lubbers conveying "in the strongest terms" about the incident which gave rise to the complaint.
The secretary-general went on to say he had expressed concern about subsequent events during the investigation, some of which could be construed as likely to influence the investigation.
Earlier, The New York Times newspaper reported Lubbers had written to the woman asking her to drop the complaint.
Lubbers was the longest serving prime minister in the Netherlands, heading the government from 1982 to 1994. He was appointed to the UN post in 2001.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
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