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UN diplomats and staff have been asked to cut down their boozing during £3.3 billion budget negotiations amid accusations that some have been “falling-down drunk”.
Western nations claim African delegates are the worst offenders, while the developing states point out that France brings its own wine to the talks, the Canadians drink whisky and the Russians come stocked with vodka.
Staff are also susceptible, with one note-taker who was recording the talks having to be replaced because he was so intoxicated.
Joseph Torsella, US ambassador for management and reform, said the UN budget committee was known for its marathon all-night negotiations.
He added: “We’re not talking about having a nip at the bar. Negotiation rooms should be an inebriation-free zone. Save the champagne for toasting the successful end of the session.” - Daily Mail