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World Food Program halts its aid to Cambodia

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY RUTH WALKER / January 3, 1980



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The UN's World Food Program has suspended emergency food aid shipments to Cambodia, because the supplies already delivered there have not been distributed , Executive Director Garson Vogel said Wednesday. The Rome-based program has delivered about 30,000 tons of food -- mainly rice -- to the Cambodian port of Kompong Som and also sent food up the Mekong River to the inland capital of Phnom Penh. "But only a few hundred tons have been distributed," Mr. Vogel told Reuters.He added that he hoped shipments could be resumed in February.

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The program's emergency aid to an estimated 600,000 Cambodian refugees in the Thai border area is continuing normally through Thailand, the executive director reported.