UNITED NATIONS- Sudan's ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was elected to a key United Nations food security post on Thursday, amid accusations that Khartoum is withholding food rations from international peacekeepers in Darfur.
"It's completely outrageous that in the same week we find out the Sudanese government has been blocking food supplies to peacekeepers, that they would even consider putting forward a candidate for the committee on world food security," a Western UN diplomat in New York said on condition of anonymity.
Sudanese ambassador to Rome-based UN agencies, Amira Gornass, was elected as the next chairperson of the FAO's Committee on Food Security earlier on Thursday. The committee is an intergovernmental forum that reviews food security policies worldwide and reports to the UN Economic and Social Council.
The announcement of Gornass' election follows allegations from New York that the Sudanese government has been refusing to release food rations and other essential supplies for UN-African Union peacekeepers in Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, known as UNAMID.
A senior diplomat from Sudan's UN mission did not respond to repeated requests from Reuters for comment.