World Food Program told to leave North Korea
Friday, September 23, 2005
Claiming a good harvest provided the country with sufficient food, and that the Kofi Annan at a meeting on September 21.was politicizing the aid issue, the formal request to end all humanitarian aid was made to
The WFP has been feeding approximately six million of the poorest and most needy in the reclusive communist state. There is much concern its withdrawal will leave many without adequate aid.
Neighbouring countries, includingand , will continue to supply food aid to the North Koreans; however, the donors do not manage this aid and international organisations are unable to determine that it is reaching those who need it.
The request for the WFP's withdrawal is suspected by some to be related to the ongoing talks about the nuclear program of North Korea; continued acceptance of aid is seen as a weakness that may influence their negotiating position.
- "North Korea rejects UN food aid" — , September 22, 2005
- Irwin Arieff. "N.Korea says asked UN to end all humanitarian aid" — , September 22, 2005
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