UN to send review mission to North Korea

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The United Nations will send a team to North Korea in May to assess how aid funds have been used in the country, a spokeswoman from the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs told AFP Tuesday.

"A working level UN mission will go to DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) in late May to review the implementation of central emergency response fund (CERF) funded projects there," Elisabeth Byrs said, in response to queries from AFP.

"The mission will comprise four UN staff from OCHA and from the CERF secretariat," she said, confirming Japanese media reports.

The team would meet heads of UN agencies on site, in order to "better understand how funds provided by CERF are used," said Byrs.

The spokeswoman did not know if the team would also meet North Korean authorities.

The UN has allocated eight million dollars in 2010 in emergency relief funds for North Korea, which has suffered more than two decades of natural disasters.

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